Yesterday, I posted 1 Peter 5: 6-7 on my personal Facebook status and it struck a chord with a lot of FB friends.
1 Peter 5: 6-7 – Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. (NIV)
I began to think about what casting all your anxiety on Him looks like and how do we practically do that on a day to day basis when we are dealing with the daily stressors that never seem to cease. Observe with me at how other translations communicate what casting looks like:
- Putting all your troubles on him, for he takes care of you. (BBE)
- Throw all your anxiety onto him, because he cares about you. (CEB)
- Turn all your anxiety over to God because he cares for you. (GW)
- Leave all your worries with him, because he cares for you. (GNT)
- Give all your worries to him, because he cares about you. (NCV)
- Live carefree before God; he is most careful with you. (MSG)
Casting your care creates a picture of placing something from my hands into God’s hands. The original word means to throw upon, or place upon. I see an image of God’s open hand ready to receive our troubles, anxieties, and worries, yet you may be wondering how do we get it from our hands to His? The previous verse reveals how to put, throw, turn, leave, give these things that weigh on us so heavily to Him.
Humble yourselves – Humbling yourself is something only you can do. It’s intentionally decreasing your ego, your pride, your “self”, so that God can increase His power and presence in your life. If you’ve ever carried something heavy for a long distance you know there are times when you have eventually been forced to drop what your carrying. When I humble myself I deliberately admit, “I can’t carry this on my own” before I pick something up and carry it. Men are the worst at admitting they need help carrying something. We will say, “I got it,” “it’s not that heavy,” or “it’s pretty light” which many times will cause us a back that is in strained and in pain. Humility prevents the weight of your worry from causing you any unnecessary heart strain or pain.
Before you do anything else today, take a moment to loosen your grip and let go of that thing you can’t control and is causing you to stress out. When that happens you will see His hand working on your behalf and lifting you up from underneath the heavy load your carrying.
What do you need to let go of today?
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