1 Peter 5:5-7 – Need Rest? Humble Yourself.

by Kathy

 

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1 Peter 5:5-7

And all of you, dress yourselves in humility as you relate to one another, for

“God opposes the proud
    but gives grace to the humble.”

So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor.  Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.

About a year and half ago, I had my mom stop highway and night time driving. She was able to drive to and from familiar in-town places like, church, grocery store, drug store, beauty salon, lunch with friends, Target, my home, etc.  However, I knew that there would come a day that I would have to make a harder decision that would further impact her emotionally in deep and significant ways – the decision to tell her that her driving days were completely over.  That time arrived a couple of days ago!

Even though, my husband and I have spent a lot of time talking about how this decision would impact us (and her!), when the moment arrived, I started to worry and feel anxious.  The reality of this new commitment of having to now be more involved in managing her needs, hit me and I began to cry.  It would mean that I would have to give more of my time and carve out a whole new schedule for myself.  Hint:  I don’t like changes!!  Even greater, it meant dealing with emotions and feelings that this new journey symbolized that her days are getting shorter with me.

As I took my cares to God, He reminded me of these verses that I had been reading in 1 Peter, chapter 5.  He urged my heart to go back and read them again.  As I did, verses 5 & 6 popped right off the page of my Bible.  Ahhhh…there He was, using His Word once again to speak right into my current situation.  In these two verses, I saw two commands God needed me to apply to this new journey in my life:

  • put on an attitude of humility
  • cast my cares on Him

Notice the order of the commands.  First we need to humble ourselves.  We have to stop trying to make things happen the way we want and get to a place where we desire to please God more than ourselves. We have to humble ourselves before a Sovereign God.  A prideful heart – one that is worried about self or trying to figure out all the details and plans – cannot find rest until surrendering in full trust to Him.

When our hearts our truly humble before Him, we can fully surrender ourselves, trusting (relying) on the fact that He knows how to handle it ALL!  Then, when it feels as though the situation is shaky and hard, we can cast our cares on Him and say… “Lord, this is difficult. . . I’m having trouble handling this trial, but I’m giving You the whole deal because I know You care for me.”

Following these commands leads to living in His Grace…living in His Rest!  Here is His promise to you  and me:

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.]  Matthew 11:28 (AMP)

Mom and I are only a few days into this new journey but there is joy and great refreshing grace meeting me each morning and all through the day.  He gives me all I need!  This is going to be a lesson that I will have to come back to often, reminding myself to be humble and cast my cares on the One that I choose to follow each and every day!  Even when I forget to do this, I know His grace will be waiting for me and pointing me back to humble obedience!

Do you need to experience God’s over the top refreshingly full rest?  Follow His commands – Humble yourself.  Cast your cares on Him.  When you do, He will display His mighty power!

Have a grace full week ~

 

 

2 Responses to “1 Peter 5:5-7 – Need Rest? Humble Yourself.”

  1. Julie Phillips says:

    Between my husband’s extra strong coffee.preparing for my son’s field trip and hearing my mom had a rough day yesterday I surely needed to hear this one.When I get a chance, I will send you a devotion from women of faith…HOPE!! Navigating our course! I spoke at a Christmas event siting examples from this book interlacing my journey with my mom’s declining health. Many teary eyes in the room identifying with it.

  2. Jan says:

    Thanks for the perfect words for me today. I didn’t get a chance to read this until today and as always God’s timing is perfect. I certainly needed the reminder to cast all my cares on Him after humbling myself to His perfect will and plan.

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