Sounds like an easy decision, huh? Who wants to be opposed by God? Not the kind of thing you sign up for. What if a salesman showed up at your door offering a free trial period of being opposed by God? Try it for 30 days and if you are not satisfied....You get the idea. Who would do that? Yet we tend to do it all the time. Given the opportunity to walk humbly I can so easily choose to take actions that exalt myself.
Now you and I both know its not like we are often making a bold decision to proudly put ourselves forward. Its usually far more subtle than that. In his message sunday Ron pointed out Sunday in 1 Peter 5:5-7that pride is not primarily evidenced by overt acts of self-exaltation, but by the simple act of focusing on yourself. Humility is not thinking poorly of yourself or being self deprecating. C.S. Lewis said “Humility is not thinking less of yourself but thinking about yourself less.” When you are thinking of yourself, you are not thinking about God and being dependent on Him. You are not trusting Him....wanting control of your own life and destiny. Who of us don’t think we know what’s best for us and what will make us happy? We all fall into that trap, and when we do, Peter points out in that this produces anxiety, and this becomes Peter’s practical application for us in vs. 7. “Cast your anxiety on Him for he cares for you”. Easy huh? Quit thinking about what you think is best and trust God for what he thinks is best. Our anxieties reveal something in our hearts that want control. And sometimes you have to forcibly throw those things we are anxious about on the Lord! Its at this point you are in a position to experience God’s “mighty hand” moving in your behalf. It may not be the thing you expect, or the way you expected it, but God always knows what’s best for you. Actually the one thing that would cause the most anxiety in your life is knowing God is opposing you.
The choice is yours. You can take your eyes off yourself (humility) and set them solidly on God, trust Him, and recognize his willingness to care for you and move on your behalf (being under his “mighty hand”) or you can focus on yourself (pride), trust your own desires or abilities, hold onto your anxiety, and ultimately get God’s opposition. Don’t know about you but I think I’ll opt for door #1. Just sayin’.....
Here’s to a worry free life!