“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.” 1 Peter 5:6-7
We talked yesterday about coming boldly to the throne of God but even though we come boldly we must come with a humble spirit. The verse just before this one quotes a Proverb.
“God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
What does It even mean that God opposes the proud. Some translations say resists the proud. When I picture someone who is proud, I picture someone who has it all together. Someone who has everything the world would have to offer them. They would be someone who is independent, self reliant, maybe successful in the business world, has material things, and generally someone who does not see their need for God. This is not to say that owning things and having success is a bad thing, it is our attitude toward these things that show whether we are proud or humble. I have known people who had “things” and yet they knew the place of those things and I have known people who wrapped up their whole identity in their success and things. When this says God opposes the proud, I also do not believe that it means God opposes the person, but that God opposes the attitude of the person. We know that everyone can approach the throne of Grace. But the blessings that we receive from God are based upon our attitude when we approach the throne. Let’s face it, someone who is putting all of their hopes and dreams on their own material wealth and gain and their own abilities does not come to God wanting His direction in their life, they just want His blessings.
But! When we humble ourselves, when we realize that we want to live in the grace that only God can provide to us and we come to Him and submit to His will and His way in our lives then God really will bless us. The blessings may or may not be material but the blessing of it all is living in His grace and letting Him be our daily guide as we walk out our faith.
My favorite part of this passage is verse 7, “casting all your anxieties on him”. I have mentioned before that at times I picture myself dragging this heavy bag of burdens to the cross and laying them down one by one. But this verse gives the picture of “casting”. When you cast something you are not gently laying it down, you are throwing it down. Maybe even hurling it down. What are the things that make you anxious right now? Is it a diagnosis? Is it someone in your family who has died too young? Is it someone who is sick and there is no recovery in sight, or the recovery is long and uncertain? Is it a child that has gone a different path, maybe a destructive path than what you ever dreamed they would go? Is it a divorce? Or a broken friendship? These are the things that we don’t just lay at the foot of the cross, we throw them down at the cross. Have you ever been so angry or emotional over something that you wanted to just throw things? Oh I have. And sometimes it can be satisfying to hear things shatter when you throw them down. I think sometimes there are worries and anxieties that we are dealing with that the only real response is to take them and throw them at the foot of the cross and maybe if you listen real good, you will hear those things shatter when you do. When your heart is breaking over the unfairness that this world has to offer at times, those are the times you come boldly to Him, you come with a humble heart knowing that He is the only one who can fix your heart and your situation and just throw those things at His feet. In your mind take them out and hurl them and watch them shatter into a million pieces and then let Him comfort you and let Him decide the best way to put those pieces back together. Because He cares for you! And because ~~
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
Cast them down my friend, whatever is hurting your heart today, CAST those worries down at the feet of Jesus!