By Marni Montanez
1 Peter 5:6-7
New King James Version (NKJV)
6. Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time,
7. casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
Years ago I was reading this passage and contemplating it’s meaning. When I read verse six "Therefore humble yourselves" I began asking God. "How"?...."How do I humble myself?, what does that look like?" It was after I read the seventh verse that it became very clear as to how I was to humble myself under the mighty hand of God.
God is all powerful and all knowing and it is under His mighty hand or power and rule where we can find rest and peace. It is not a mistake that these verses are one right after the other, God has repeatedly made known to us His views on pride. Prideful people fall. They believe they can do things in their own strength and in their own way. They use a lot of energy trying to figure things out and in doing so become independent from God. This kind of independence separates us from the Lord.
God knows the importance of a humble heart. Casting our cares upon God is an attitude of humility because we are trusting Him. To "cast one’s cares" is to throw them from us so that we are not thinking about it, talking about it or worrying about it. In other words we are believing God will take care of the situation. This is humility.
When we cast our cares upon the Lord we are giving God the problem and admitting our great need for His wisdom and direction. We bow to His strength and confess our weakness and inability.
This means that we must let God have full control in what happens and when it happens. If we are to humble ourselves before the Lord completely we must accept His timing in all things and allow Him to work out the details according to His plans and purposes. This is the appointed time that God ordained for certain things to happen. As we wait upon Him He promises to exalt or lift us up us in due time. We must choose to trust Him with the timing and believe He will not be late. God cares about us and everything He does in our lives is for our good and to draw us close to Him. We must never be afraid of putting our lives and our cares into His very capable and caring hands.
This passage could easily read Lord, I cast my care upon you and trust
you with the outcome and the timing and therefore bowing to your supreme
wisdom and authority.
Challenge: In times you are waiting for something to happen and you feel anxious, cast your care upon the Lord because He really does care for you.
The purpose of this series is to encourage people to live as loving, compassionate, and peacemaking children of God: Jesus tells us to pray, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10) God tells us through Micah (6:8), "He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God." And we know from Revelation 21:4 that there will be no more mourning, or crying, or pain, or death. Thus, Christian living requires us to set the standards of these conditions here on earth for our fellow human beings, and for the other animals, as a witness to the rest of the world. To do otherwise is not Christian.