Thursday, March 24, 2011

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 care upon him; for he careth for you."
1 Peter 5:6-7

This is great stuff. I think that the verses are basically saying that instead of resisting God, we should trust and rely on him... why? because he loves us. Thinking about God sometimes can be like thinking about any other authority figure... a parent, a teacher, a boss... and sometimes people telling us what to do or how to live our lives can grate on us and we feel this rebelliousness and want to start saying no, even to the most reasonable requests. :) And aside from learning to trust people in general, and accept help, God is significantly different from other authority figures. First because he knows us SO well. Before this life, we knew each other, and he knows us even better than a best-friend level knowledge... if he were with us today, he could finish all our sentences, and order lunch for us and get it exactly right. He knows our hopes, dreams, secret ambitions... all of it. There is no one on Earth who knows us as well as God does. And he knows our bad sides too, and still loves us more than anyone else ever could. He's on our side even when no one else is... rooting for us, and doing everything he can to help us to learn and become even better. :) He is more trustworthy than anyone else, and always keeps his promises. Now, of course, he won't give us everything that we want, or solve all of our problems, or remove the consequences of our mistakes in many cases. We still have to learn. He isn't a Genie who will grant all our wishes whether they are good for us or not... but if we think of him as a loving Father, a superhuman best friend, a brilliant teacher, a wise and supportive boss... he is all of those things rolled into one, and there is no one anywhere that deserves our trust and love and humility and willingness to learn more than he does. We can cast all our care... both love and worries... on him, and he will accept and respond to all of our emotion and communication with him. He wants so much to talk to us and to be part of our lives. Today, let's accept God into our lives and be humble with him... accepting his help, knowing that God will lift us up, and love us. :)

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