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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Humbling Myself and Giving My Worries Over to Him

In review of 1 Peter 5:6-7 it says, “Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”

Bottom Line:
Humble yourself, let God lift you up when He is ready. Give your worries and anxieties over to Him for he cares for you.

What this means to me:
I am to humble myself under the mighty hand of God, so that he will exalt me in his due time. I can give all my worries and anxieties over to God because he cares for me.

Today's passages come from 1 Peter 5. In this section Peter is writing to encourage those who shepherd God's people in the midst of suffering.  I am to care for the flock that God has entrusted me. I am to watch over it willingly, not grudgingly and not for what I can get out if, but because I'm eager to serve God. I should never lord it over those in my care, but rather lead by my own good example. In the same way, I am also to accept the authority of the elders above me. I should dress my myself in humility as I relate to others. God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble. So I should humble myself under the mighty power of God. At the right time, he will lift me up in honor. I can give all my worries and cares to God, for he cares about me.

I often worry about my position and my status, hoping to get proper recognition for what I do. However Peter advises me to remember that God's recognition counts more than human praise. God is able and willing to bless me according to his timing. Therefore I should humbly obey God regardless of my present circumstances, and in his good time, either in this life or in the next, he will honor me.

When I carry my worries, stresses, and daily struggles by myself, it's an indication that I have not trusted God full with my life. It takes humility, however, to recognize that God cares, to admit my need, and to let others in God's family help me. Sometimes I feel that struggles caused by my own sin and foolishness are not God's concern. But when I turn to God in repentance he will bear the weight even of those struggles. Letting God have my anxieties calls for action, not passivity. I should not submit to circumstances, but to the Lord, who controls circumstances.

God hears my prayers and has a plan for me. I may not realize how close I am to a breakthrough, but hold on! Help is on the way! I just need to stay the course. So I should not give up. When it looks like all I can do is throw my hands in the air and wave the flag of defeat, I should realize that God is busy fighting my battle. So I should humbly surrender to the King of kings, for I will never experience a greater victory!

I’m finding that the key to a rich and successful life is to cast my cares on Him. Ask Him to lead me down paths of righteousness for His name’s sake, toward my very own land of promise.