Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care on him; for he cares for you.
1 Peter 5:6-7
Good morning and happy Monday! I hope you’ve all had a beautiful weekend!
I know I touch on worry a lot, and I think it’s a direct correlation between the aftermath of 2020 and my natural state of anxiety.
We talked about it on Friday; we all have something that keeps us up at night. I hope you really took the time this weekend to deconstruct that. I hope you got the time to cast your worries unto Him. If not, today is a new day and a new opportunity to get alone with Him.
I love this verse because, at firsts, it asks us to humble ourselves so that he may exalt us. Meaning we won’t be exalted until we humble ourselves under His hand, meaning we serve rather than request to be served. But then, after it says he will exalt us, it says, “Casting all your care on him; for he cares for you,” meaning we can’t fully humble ourselves if we haven’t let go of the thing that worries us. How could we be in a state of humility if we cannot surrender all of us, including the control we have over our worries?
We must surrender it all. So go about your day today and look for habits and hobbies that you can surrender. What are the things you haven’t let go of that won’t allow you to humble yourself?
The definition of exalt is to hold (someone or something) in very high regard; think or speak very highly of. Another definition is to raise to a higher rank or a position of greater power. God loves us, that was never in question, but He wants to elevate you. How can He elevate us if we are constantly stuck in the present or past worrying about things that we cannot control? Humble yourself, serve those around you, become the hands and feet of Jesus, and He will exalt you in due time.
Jesus, we thank you for the opportunity to serve those around us. I don’t care if the person on the other side of this mic is 18 or 80; we all have the ability to continuously renew ourselves every day in your image. We have the opportunity to serve rather than be served. You always have higher plans for us, you want to exalt and continuously elevate us, but we must first fully learn the lessons for this season. So we humble ourselves so that you may teach us everything we need. We surrender our worries; we thank you for taking care of them. We love you, with everything in us, AMEN!