1 Peter 5:6-7
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time; casting all your worries on him, because he cares for you. (WEB)
In today's Scripture reading, the Apostle Peter starts the verse by saying 'Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time.' If we have a distorted idea of what humility is, we might think we have to grovel in God's presence or perhaps embrace some form of self-hatred to show that we are humble.
Humility is not trying to be humble or worse yet, trying to appear humble. True humility is simply knowing who we are in God's eyes and who He is to us. The best example of humility that I see is the heart of a little child. There is no pretense about them. They know that they need their parents to help them with pretty much everything. They don't try to be helpless, they simply know they are helpless.
In Matthew 18:1-4, Jesus tells His disciples that the greatest in His kingdom is the one who humbles himself like a little child. If that is the context for the first part of today's Scripture reading, then it gives us the road map on how to fulfill the second part in verse 7 which says... casting all your worries on him, because he cares for you.
My prayer today is that our God and Father would give us more revelation on the many benefits that we can enjoy if we would only be willing to humble ourselves like little children. May the simplicity of knowing that our Dad is the best Dad in the universe give us the courage to literally cast every one of our cares onto His big, strong shoulders.
May the Holy Spirit give us power to grasp the vastness of our Father's love for us (Ephesians 3:16-21), so that we know that we can cast ALL our cares on Him simply because He cares for us. May the truth of this promise lift away every fear and every anxiety so we might have an easy yoke and a light burden as Jesus promised in Matthew 11:28-30.
In that hour the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who then is greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?" Jesus called a little child to himself, and set him in their midst, and said, “Most certainly I tell you, unless you turn, and become as little children, you will in no way enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. Whoever therefore humbles himself as this little child, the same is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. (WEB)