While we apply these verses to both sexes, think about their especial relevance to men – young and older. Can you see good reasons for these words to men especially? Paul is not being sexist here, but realistic. What applies to you?
“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.”
Two actions loom large out of these wonderful verses today.
We can often buck under God’s mighty hand. Our pride and self-assurance can rear up and we struggle against the will of the Almighty.
Peter’s word to us here, the first action, is to humble ourselves under God’s will.
Which is a hard thing to do! But so worthwhile – Because instead of exalting ourselves in our own time, God will lift up at the right “proper” time.
And note the inference, that to submit under God’s will requires humility, a humbling of ourselves.
The second action is as hard, because we forget so quickly when in the depths of trying to humbly submit under God’s hand – When the worries and concerns threaten to overwhelm us.
Peter reveals a truly amazing mechanic that God has graciously built for us.
To cast our cares, our concerns and worries, our anxieties on Him.
Why? Because our God LOVES us!
Doing these things is good for us. Working through, wrestling with, how to humble ourselves under God’s will, remembering to cast our cares on Him – This is for our benefit!
* Dear God,
Thank You for all that You have given to us.
Thank You for Jesus.
Thank You that in humble submission under Your will we find worth and identity.
Thank You that in casting our anxieties on You we find Your care and love real.
Hallelujah Lord, what a God You are!