1 Peter 5:6, 7 - A Journey with Jesus is Really Living!

1 Peter 5:6, 7 (NLT) So humble yourselves 
under the mighty power of God, and at the right 
time he will lift you up in honor. 7 Give all 
your worries and cares to God, for he cares about 

1 Peter 5:6, 7 (NIV) Humble yourselves, 
therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift 
you up in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on 
him because he cares for you. 


   Henri Nouwen confessed that when he met 
with Mother Teresa of Calcutta, he started 
explaining all his problems as soon as they sat down. 
For ten minutes, he tried to convince her how 
complicated they were.  
   When he was finally quiet, Mother Teresa 
said, "Well, when you spend one hour a day adoring 
your Lord and never do anything you know is wrong 
... you will be fine."  
   Nouwen's response? "I realized, suddenly, 
that she had punctured my big balloon of complex 
self-complaints and pointed me far beyond myself to the 
place of real healing. I had raised a question 
from below and she had given an answer from above 
- from God's place and not the place of my 
complaints. Mother Teresa's answer was like a flash of 
lightning in my darkness."  
   Our setbacks, struggles, doubts, and 
insecurities can enmesh us in severe complications. We 
want solutions. We want practical answers. A 
simple answer "from above" often strikes us as 
irrelevant to the problem, as it did at first to Henri 
Nouwen. After all, he was an Ivy League professor 
and understood the complications of life. Yet 
many problems cannot be "solved," and other times 
the solution is in our seeing the maze of 
difficulties through God's eyes.  
   Nouwen advises, "Your life, my life, is 
given graciously by God. Our lives are not 
problems to be solved but journeys to be taken with 
Jesus as our friend and finest guide."  
   Lord Jesus, my need for you to guide me 
is greater than ever. My journey seems a 
thicket of troubles, with no pathway out. Please 
grant me your perspective and your confidence as 
you lead me today. Amen [The One Year Book of 
Encouragement by Harold Myra] 


   As youve no doubt discovered, becoming 
a Christian does not make your problems go 
away. But it does give you an Advocate to whom you 
can take every concern. The Christians Peter 
addressed were facing persecution. They did not know 
whom they could trust; a friend, a neighbor, or 
even a family member could betray them, resulting 
in suffering and even death. But Peter had 
walked with the risen Christ, and he had personally 
experienced the love that Jesus had for His followers. 
He knew that Christ was in control, capable of 
handling every trial and that He wanted to do so as 
an expression of His love.  
   Casting our cares is a choice. It means 
consciously handing over our anxiety to Christ and 
allowing Him to carry the weight of our problems. At 
times this is the most difficult part of trusting 
God! We dont like turning over the 
responsibility for our problems. We have been taught that 
self-reliance is good and praiseworthy. We may even enjoy 
worrying. Yet if we are to be freed from the burden of 
our concerns, we must choose to cast them into 
the strong hands of our Father.  
   Peter does not distinguish between little 
cares and big cares. God does not differentiate 
between problems we should handle on our own and 
God-sized needs. He asks us to turn them all over to 
Him. One of our greatest errors is to assume we 
can deal with something ourselves, only to 
discover that we really cant.  
   God sees you as His frail child, burdened 
with a load that surpasses your strength. He 
stands prepared to take your load and to carry it 
for you. Will you let Him? [Experiencing God Day 
by Day by Henry and Richard Blackaby] 

Worry is rooted in pride
   Worry is like sitting in a rocking chair, 
giving you something to do, but never taking you 
anywhere. Like a hamster in a cage, you go round and 
round with a lot of activity and anxiety, but 
never making progress. There is a healthy fear 
that gets us out of danger. But there is also an 
unhealthy fear, which leads us into anxiety, which is 
a lingering, constant fear that paralyzes us. 
   If fear is a thunderstorm, Tim Keller 
says, anxiety is a constant cold drizzle. And why 
are we like that? Sometimes it could be a 
medical problem, but usually it is pride and 
self-sufficiency. Constant worry is rooted in arrogance 
that assumes, I know the way my life has to go, 
and Gods not getting it right.  
   The main verb in 1 Pet. 5 (a command) is 
to humble yourselves. Whenever there is a 
verb followed by a participle, (which means it 
ends in ing), the author is telling you how 
to accomplish the command. So here he says the 
way to humble yourself is by praying your 
anxieties. In other words, dont try to vent your 
worries to people or suppress them and carry them on 
your own, but pray them. 
   So if it is a sign of humility to cast 
all of our cares on the Lord, it is conversely a 
sign of pride when you worry. Worry denies the 
care of a sovereign God. One author writes, 
Worry is sin because it denies the wisdom of God; 
it says that He doesnt know what Hes 
doing. It denies the love of God; it says He does 
not care. And it denies the power of God; it 
says that He isnt able to deliver me from 
whatever is causing me to worry. Worry is 
practical atheism. Worry gives you delusions of 
strength and keeps God from working on your behalf. 
   Worship and worry cannot stay in the same 
   The gospel of Christ says that Christ has 
carried our ultimate troublepaying for our 
sinsso we can now carry our smaller anxieties to 
Him. If He went that far to show us His care and 
love for us, will He not care for us in every 
other way? 

St. Augustine once said (later expounded by 
Luther) that our major dilemma is that our self is 
turned in on itself. Apart from grace, we are, 
as CS Lewis says, not creatures who need 
improvement, but rebels who need to lay down his arms. 
Our self-sufficiency causes us to be prayerless, 
independent, living worry-filled lives. Yet Gods grace 
comes to the self-sufficient, like to Jacob in 
Gen. 32. In an amazing wrestling match, God 
becomes weak, takes His weight off and loses, to let 
Jacob win. This leaves him with a limp to always 
remind him of the scars of grace. Ultimately, on 
the cross, God became weak, so He can win over 
our self-sufficiency. Jesus got the full weight 
of Gods wrath and justice, crushed 
underneath, so we just get the blows of grace that leave 
us no longer with a swag or a strut, but 
with a perpetual limp. 


Through conflict the spiritual life is 
strengthened. Trials well borne will develop steadfastness 
of character and precious spiritual graces. The 
perfect fruit of faith, meekness, and love often 
matures best amid storm clouds and darkness.  {COL 

The brook would lose its song if the rocks 
were removed. [Your Daily Walk SB] 

There are no roses without thorns, nor 
victories without battles. [Daily Walk Bible] 


1 Peter 5:5b-7 - Humility and Prayer.


1 Peter 5:7 - Winning Over Worry.


1 Peter 5:5, 6 - Seeking Humility and 
Ignoring Pride. 



If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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