In the same way you younger people must submit yourselves to your elders. And all of you must put on the apron of humility, to serve one another; for the scripture says ‘God resists the proud, but shows favour to the humble.’ Humble yourselves, then, under God’s mighty hand, so that he will lift you up in his own good time. Leave all your worries with him, because he cares for you. (verses 5-7)
Read 1 Peter 5:1-14
One of the greatest symptoms of pride is worry. Most often people worry because they think that God is not in control and that it is up to them to make sure that the whole world runs smoothly and according to plan. Humble people are in touch with reality. They know that God has all things in his care, and they look to him for all they need.
God has a way of giving you the freedom to be a humble person. He does this by offering a swap with you: you give him all your worry, and he will give you all his peace in Christ in return.
You matter to God. He cares for you. Dump all the things that cause you worry and concern onto his heart. He hears you. He knows your wants and needs. When the time is perfect for you to receive, he will give you all your heart desires.
Lord I am worried about many things. Open my lips, so that I my tell you all that is on my heart, and give me your peace in return. Amen.
by Fraser Pearce, in ‘Renewed Hope for each Day’ (LCA, Openbook, 2000)
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