In 1 Peter 5:6-7 Peter writes, “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon Him for He careth for you.”
Peter here is urging the audience he is writing to to be humble while they wait for God to honor their faithfulness in His timing. That is a hard thing to do isn’t it? Waiting for God’s timing and staying humble while waiting. This lesson in humility is a lesson that Peter knew better than most. We read many times in Scripture that shows us Peter getting “puffed up” only to later be humbled. We should learn from Peter and realize that when we, like Peter, are humbled we can learn to practice and be a master at being humble. Like Peter, we need to discover our need for God because understanding our need for God is all a part of being humble.
In verse 7 we read, “casting all your cares upon Him for He careth for you.” In Psalm 55:22 it says, “Cast your burden o the Lord, and He will sustain you. He will never permit the righteous to be moved.” We as believer’s in Jesus have this comfort when we face suffering and persecution. We will be delivered one day from our troubles in the future, but here and now He demonstrates his love for us by hearing our prayers and comforting us, if we let Him. God will not force you to give Him your cares, it is your choice whether or not you want to trust Him. Jesus taught us not to be anxious or worry about anything in Matthew 6:25-34, and Paul wrote about it as well in Philippians 4:6. When we give in to worry it is an example of us being prideful because then we feel that we need to solve our problems or we need to take care of our worries, and not God, so we humble ourselves by casting our worries on God.
Give God your cares and then you will truly be able to live in the freedom of His grace. This is an ongoing process for both you and I and the more we meditate on God’s Word and the more we go to Him in prayer the more we will be able to humble ourselves before Him.