July 13, 2021 – Tuesday
1 Peter 5:6-7 NIV
6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time.
7 Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.
1 Peter 5:6-7 NET
6 And God will exalt you in due time, if you humble yourselves under His mighty hand
7 by casting all your cares on Him because He cares for you.
Fascinating that if we will humble ourselves under God’s might hand, He will exalt us or lift us up in due time. Who is Peter writing to here and how does this happen? First of all, Peter is writing to Christians, Jews and Gentiles alike. Second of all, this happens by casting all your cares on Him because He cares for you or when we Cast all our anxiety on Him because He cares for you.
The NET makes the connection clear that we humble ourselves by the casting of all of our cares on Him and that because He cares for us. So, what does it mean to humble ourselves under His mighty hand? Perhaps it means to truly trust in Him, to not worry about tomorrow and instead of worrying to do as Jesus directed in Matthew 6:33 tells us, Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
Why would God lift us up or exalt us for in due time for humbling ourselves under His might hand? Barnes’ Notes on the Bible says, It would certainly be in the world to come. There they would be exalted to honors which will be more than an equivalent for all the persecution, poverty, and contempt which are suffered in this world. He may well afford to be humble here who is to be exalted to a throne in heaven. While this certainly points us in the right direction, Jesus in a parable in Luke 18:10-13 said, “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’ “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’ Then about these two men Jesus in the next verse said, “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
Want to be exalted before God? Humble yourself before Him and ask for His mercy. Those who do so in Jesus’ words will be exalted. Do you have worries or anxieties? Cast them upon God, throw them upon God because He truly does care for you. And casting all of your worries and anxieties and concerns upon Him, you demonstrate your trust and faith in Him. It may help to remember Hebrews 11:6, without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Thank You for always being there, ready and desiring me to humble myself and place my worries under Your mighty hand. You care for me and love me. You gave Your only begotten Son for me. I am overwhelmed by Your love for such as me. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.