Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
1 Peter 5:6-7
I have always loved this verse that tells us to cast our anxiety on God because he cares for us. In my hardest moments of childhood, college, seminary, marriage, parenting, ministry, and life this command and promise have served as a great comfort to me. I’m sure you have had moments when life seems overwhelming and challenging to the point that you wonder “Does God even care?” This verse is a clear and powerful answer to that question and is one every Christian should commit to memory.
As we consider this verse, it may serve us to remember the words that come right before it: humble yourselves. The command to humble yourself under God’s mighty hand is the command to affirm that God is God and we are not. It is to remember that God is all-wise, all-powerful, all-knowing, and all-loving even when my circumstances appear to tell me that he is none of those things. Rather than rising up to shake my fist at God in my pain, the best thing for me to do is to fall down on my face before him and believe that he is working in the midst of it all. It is for that reason that I can cast my anxiety on Him and trust that in due time, He will raise me up!
Confess out loud to God the simple phrase: “You are God and I am not!”