I grew up in the church, so I know this verse well. You probably do too.
“Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”
1 Peter 5:7
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It’s plastered on coffee cups and calendars, inside the pages of journals and preached on from pulpits. And it sounds so good, but it always felt so elusive.
I always wondered…“How do I cast my cares upon Him? And leave them there? How do I rest in His care for me?”
There’s another verse we hear a lot…
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you”
1 Peter 5:6
It was almost a year ago when I realized these verses were next to each other. I wondered how I had never noticed. It was right there the whole time. It gave a whole new meaning to that “popular” verse, and opened my eyes to the meaning of humility before God.
“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
Our releasing of anxiety can’t happen until we stand humbled before God.
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Anxiety says, “I need to fix this.”
Anxiety says, “I need to control this.”
Anxiety says, “I need to make this happen.”
But humility says, “My life is in God’s hands.”
“He has all the power and authority on heaven and on earth.”
“He knows the beginning from the end.”
“I am powerless without God’s Spirit empowering me.”
“He is in control.”
And it’s humbling to look at our lives and realize that truly we are not in control. It’s humbling, threatening, and scary…until we realize that the One Who is in control cares for us.
“He cares for you.”
Anxiety and humility are tightly entwined. Lack of humility before God will lead to anxiety. Humility before God will lead to a releasing of anxiety, because we can trust both His power and His care.