In our sermon from last Sunday, we looked at several verses from 1 Peter 5.
"Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. (10) And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen. "
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Are you worried or anxious?
Peter helps us with our worries, our anxieties. Ask yourself: what puts you on edge? what do you obsess about? where do you feel under pressure? what consumes you? what presses you to be so busy? what do you despair over? what are you afraid of? what are you preoccupied with? what makes you irritable, weary, and hopeless? I think we can ALL fit into a number of these categories!
Peter tells us to do two things.
1. Humble ourselves under God's mighty hand. A quick study of "God's mighty hand" reveals that it's not in reference to his anger or harshness in order to keep you subservient - but to his power to rescue and save! With a mighty hand and outstretched arm he rescued the Israelites time and time again from their enemies.
2. Cast your anxieties (cares) on Him. This word isn't cast off as in get rid of - like tearing up a photo of an ex-boyfriend and throwing it away. It's translated: cast upon. Like in Luke 19 when the people cast their coats on the donkey that Jesus was to ride upon. The emphasis isn't on the casting off - but upon where it is cast. We are told to cast our anxieties upon Christ - because he cares for us and he is powerful enough to rescue us from their hold on us!
God is calling us to humble ourselves under God's mighty hand- by acknowledging that we are not strong enough to handle our trials alone; and by recognizing that he is mighty to save as we cast our anxieties, in faith, ON HIM!
Walk it out:
Where are YOU anxious?
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What would humbling yourself look like?
God cares for you - take a minute to pray and cast your anxieties upon him!