1 Peter 5: 6-7 (NIV): Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
The first word in this text from 1 Peter, gives believers an important clue as to how they should live out their life of faith, especially during times of anxiety or worry. The Apostle Peter tells us to “humble” ourselves. As we grow and mature in our faith, we should become more humble as we approach God and as we interact with other people.
It’s no coincidence that most of the Christians I look up to are humble people. I don’t know about you, but I greatly prefer being around humble people in life. For me, it’s difficult to be around people who are arrogant, boastful, and completely wrapped up in themselves. So many people today crave attention and they want to be noticed.
Our text reminds us that we are to “humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.” Peter makes it clear that there will be times of suffering and uncertainty that we must endure. And as we undergo these sufferings, and moments of worry and doubt, we can look to God for relief. Why? Because “he cares for you.” We can take to God ALL of our worry and doubt and “cast” it all upon him, because God cares for you! For me, this is one of the most reassuring verses in all of scripture. God cares for and is concerned about you and me.
As you read this, I don’t know what your specific worry or worries might be. Many of you are struggling with health issues and you desperately need to have some worry and anxiety lifted from you. Others may be worried about their children, or other family members, who are going through difficult and challenging times. It could be your job, or lack of a job, that has you worried and afraid. I can’t help but think about and pray for the many refugees, especially those fleeing Syria, who are filled with fear and uncertainty about their future, or if they will even have a future. In times and situations like these, all I know to do is to turn to God and pray for his mercy and his care. “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”