June 24Arts Camp 2013
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Scripture: Isaiah 46-49, 1 Peter 5
1 Peter 5:6-7 (ESV) Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, 7 casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
Other translations put a period on the end of verse 6, and start a new sentence in verse 7, but in the Greek, it is one sentence, and the word “casting” is a participle that modifies the main verb, “Humble yourselves”. What this means is that casting your anxieties or cares upon God is an act of humility. Worry is a form of pride. It assumes that I am in control, that I am ultimately responsible; it is a failure to trust God.
We don’t think of worry as a form of pride. Perhaps if we saw it as that we would be more ready to surrender our worries and trust God.
“Casting” is a vivid word; it literally means, “to throw off upon”. Picture someone carrying a heavy load who “throws it off upon” someone else. He is free of the load; he doesn’t have to carry it anymore because someone else is. That someone is God, who “cares for you”.
In Philippians 3:6-7, Paul urges us to pray instead of worry. Here, Peter urges the same thing. We cast our cares on God when, instead of worrying, we pray. Let every worry become a catalyst to prayer. Remember that worry is pride disguised; prayer is humility; and humble yourself before God.
Prayer: Lord, today I bring you every worry, every care and give them to you. You can carry them; I can’t. Thank you for caring for me.