Day 10: Anxiety + Humility

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.

Be blessed

A Promise Redeemed: {Encouragement for Whatever is Facing You this Monday}

“Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.”Isaiah 43:1b-2

A promise to Israel.
A promise to the Israelite nation.
A promise to God’s chosen people.

A promise for us.







Because this promise is a specific word to specific nation in a specific time, but it is also so much more than that.

It shows the heart of our Savior.
It shows His mercy.
It shows His steadfast love.
It shows His power.

“Because you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you, I give men in return for you, peoples in exchange for your life. Fear not, for I am with you…”
Isaiah 43:4-5a

You are God’s daughter.
You are loved by God.
You are precious in God’s sight.

You will not be alone.
You will not be overwhelmed.
You will not be burned.
You will not be consumed.

You will pass through deep waters.
You will face raging rivers of doubt and discouragement.
You will walk through the fires of life.
You will be tested in flames.

But you will not be alone or overwhelmed. You will not be burned or abandoned or consumed or lost.

You will be loved. You will be held. You will make it through.

You are created for His glory.
You bear His image and His name.
You were called to bring Him praise

And the radical love of the God who made you and the promise of His presence with you will be enough to bring you to praise in the midst of your storm.
You are His.

Be blessed

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