READ : 1 Peter 5:5-14
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand . . . Cast all your anxiety on
him because he cares for you. (vv. 6-7 NIV)
In a dangerous world we are anxious about many things: our health, the children, our
reputation, war and peace. But in the final analysis, all our anxieties are due to our
finiteness. We are not in control.
Peter tells us to humble ourselves under God’s mighty hand. But what does that mean? As
small boys my friends and I would wrestle each other to see who was strongest. The aim was
to have the other cry, “uncle!” This is not what Peter has in mind. Humbling under God’s
mighty hand is more a glad yielding, a ready acknowledgment that God is God and we are
not. It is not expressed by crying “uncle,” but by casting all our anxieties on God. It’s
like turning a sick child over to a good doctor, trusting that she’ll know what to do. It
brings such relief.
This mysterious transfer of anxieties is only possible when we truly believe God is
good and cares for us. In The Shack, God tells Mackenzie, the protagonist, “The real
underlying flaw in your life, Mackenzie, is that you don’t think I’m good. If you knew
that I was good and that everything is covered by my goodness, then while you might not
understand what I am doing, you would trust me. But you don’t.”
Peter does know that, and he wants us to know it too, so that we can be a non-anxious
presence in a dangerous world.
Gracious God, into your hand we commit all whom we love. Amen.