1 Peter 5:7
In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because,
“God opposes the proud
but shows favor to the humble.”
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.
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.
English Standard Version
Having a Hard Time Handling Life?
We all want help with something. But we seldom like to ask for it.
Imagine you are walking to your house from the grocery store. You’re carrying two bulging bags of groceries, arms aching while the bags you hold, threaten to rip and spill. Your friend sees you and offers to help you carry the load. Say no, and you stay uncomfortable and might drop your goods. Say yes, and you have to admit that you can’t do it yourself.
Receiving help takes humility—the humility to utter two words we try hard to avoid: I can’t.
We all need help with a lot of things. And maybe life would be a little sweeter if we could share our load with a friend.
As we look for someone to help us both with trivial tasks and soul-deep questions, we realize that there are many anxieties we carry with us that nobody can help with—from crises at work and school to cares at home. Except, there is one Person. He is the one who “upholds the universe by the word of his power” (Hebrews 1:3 ESV). He can help. And he already has.
He saw your deepest need—to know God personally, to be free of selfishness, to be unshackled from regret and your past—and he said, “I will help you.” He, Jesus, bore God’s punishment for you as he carried to the cross every offense you have committed against God and neighbor. But, receiving this favor from Jesus requires admitting you have sins that need carrying away.
Jesus let your sin and failures crush him, but he did not let them win. He rose from the grave, throwing off the power of sin and death from all who believe in him. Receiving the new life Jesus offers requires understanding you’re dead without him.
God daily carries the world. He sent his Son Jesus to earth to carry the sins of his children into the grave, and then carry his children out of it. Surely whatever is on your heart is not too heavy for Christ to carry. But it’s certainly too heavy for you. Would you humble yourself and say, “I can’t”? Tell God your cares, for he can handle them.
God commands us in the Bible in 1 Peter 5:6-7 to humble ourselves. He tells us to assess our situation honestly—we have hurts we can’t handle, situations we can’t solve, needs we can’t meet. Yet we have a God who asks us, “Is anything too hard for the Lord?” (Genesis 18:14).
“Let me help,” he says. And when we say to God, “Please carry this,” we are also saying, “because I can’t.” This verse tells us that the One who upholds the universe not only can carry your anxieties, he wants to, because he cares for you. He can start right now, if you’ll just humble yourself and ask.
he cares for you.
1 Peter 5:7 NIV
The Connection Between Pride and Anxiety
by Colin Smith at Unlocking the Bible
LUKE 21:34-36 NIV
“Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you suddenly like a trap. For it will come on all those who live on the face of the whole earth. Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.”
THE PARABLE OF THE SOWER
Are You Humble
Enough to Be Care-Free?
by John Piper
PSALM 40:17 NIV
But as for me, I am poor and needy; may the Lord think of me. You are my help and my deliverer; you are my God, do not delay.
1 Peter 5:7: It Takes Humility to Be Cared For
by Daniel Wallace at Bible.org
MATTHEW 6:25-27 NLT
“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?”
Matthew 6:33 ESV
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
by Paul David Tripp
PSALM 142:4-5 NIV
Look and see, there is no one at my right hand;
no one is concerned for me.
I have no refuge;
no one cares for my life.
I cry to you, Lord;
I say, “You are my refuge,
my portion in the land of the living.”
Why Be a Christian?
by Charles Spurgeon
What a blessed thing it is to be a Christian, to have someone who will take your cares for you! Why, you know you will have your cares whether you are Christians or not. You are sure to have troubles even in the world, but then you have no Christ to comfort you, no God to sustain you, no promise to cheer you; you have the darkness without the lamp, you have to die without the immortality to follow. Oh that you knew what a Christian is, and your mouths would be watering to know the Christian’s privilege. But I say to you, cast your sins upon Christ. Jesus Christ can take them. If you believe on him there is proof that he did take them of old, did carry them and suffered for them in his own person that you might go free. Oh may we each this morning, saint and sinner, come even to the cross, and to the throne of grace, and say, “Lord, unload us of our burdens of guilt and care, and give us now to go on our way rejoicing,” because God, all-sufficient, has said, “I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.”
When the righteous
cry for help,
out of all their troubles.
Psalm 34: 17 ESV
PHILIPPIANS 4:6-7 NKJV
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Cast All Your Cares
Cast your burden
on the Lord,
and he will sustain you;
he will never
to be moved.
Psalm 55:22 ESV
Where Do I Find Help?
by Charles Spurgeon
Somebody must carry these cares. If I cannot do it myself, can I find anyone who will? My Father who is in heaven stands waiting to be my burden-bearer. With broad shoulders, with omnipotence as his strength, he says “My child, roll thy burden upon thy God.” Blessed privilege, dare I neglect it; can I be wicked enough to reject it and to bear my cares myself? Here is the blessed remedy, “Cast thy burden upon the Lord and he will sustain thee.”
Cast All Your Cares on the Lord
by Rick Renner at Renner.org
Rhythm & Blues
Cast Your Cares
1 SAMUEL 1-2
Cast My Cares