Scripture: 1 Peter 5:6-7
6Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, 7casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
“Humble yourselves” is a choice.
As a follower of Jesus humility is a choice made with a prevailing view of life and all the pressures we face that says God is above all and that His timing is right. See vs. 6
Choosing humility doesn’t mean we ignore reality, rather the cues that create anxiety become cues for faith — for us to trust Him, “To cast our anxieties on him” because He cares for us!
I’m so humble, except when I’m not getting my way. Ha! Peter’s audience was a group under increasing pressure because of their faith in God and identification with Jesus. They were having to wait for relief. When I am under pressure does it cue up faith? Do I somehow believe God has forgotten me? or Do I revert to a twisted view of God that is not consistent with the Gospel? Anxiety can paralyze us from doing what we must do. And anxiety can create compulsive and frantic behaviours. Being busy or going into hiding may not be actions of faith. But they could be.
The first action of Gospel inspired faith in Jesus when the pressures of life come screaming at us is to pray: to audibly cast our anxieties on Him, in a declaration of His faithful care.
Heavenly Father, Thank you for the grace to trust that you care for me. When the pressures of life scream at me, let me learn the new habit of humility: to prayerfully trust you with my issues and to declare your care for me. I trust that you will direct me and those with me to keep in step with what your Spirit is doing here and now for the glory of your Son and His Kingdom. AMEN.