There are Bible verses that we’ve heard over and over and over again. These are popular scriptures. For instance: The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want. There are two categories of popular
scriptures. First category, we’ve heard it everywhere we turn so much that without checking the Bible we can chorus it with others when it is read. The second category is the “unpopular popular”. In this category, when specific scriptures are read, you know you have heard it over and over again BUT you do not know it by heart yet.
Months ago, one of the scriptures that fell into my “unpopular popular” bag came freely to my mind. I was shocked cos I was VERY sure I didn’t know it: therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God that He might exalt you in due time. Immediately, I found myself typing it in my browser, I wanted to see where it was in the Bible. You can correctly say Arin is a curious somebody. LOL
BOOM: 1 Peter 5:6 came out. After I confirmed the full verse, I started to meditate. To be honest, I wondered what the Bible meant by “humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God”. I tried to understand it but failed to, so I dropped it right there and simply asked God to show me what it meant. Fast forward to few months later, I found myself reading that chapter again then I realized that “Therefore humble yourselves [demote, lower yourselves in your own estimation] under the mighty hand of God, that in due time He may exalt you,” was followed by a comma right before “Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully”. I was like ‘Ah ah! There it is’.
Oxford online dictionary defines “Comma (,) A comma marks a slight break between different parts of a sentence. Used properly, commas make the meaning of sentences clear by grouping and separating words, phrases, and clauses.”
Now here’s my understanding of 1 Peter 5:6-7: I believe the two verses are about the need to cast our cares on Him. And yes I know, because “cast your care” falls under our first category of popular scriptures. We all know it. Sure. But do we all do what it says? Uhm uhm! There you go! .
I often say to myself that if there was a club for worriers, I would be the chair-person because I can worry for Africa. I mean, worry about tomorrow, then the day after tomorrow and so on.
Back to what I was saying. I read the two verses again and I realized that to humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God is to cast the whole of our care on Him. To believe that He’s got our best interest at heart. To believe that He’ll never leave nor forsake us. To beat our chest and say, I know the one in whom I have believed. To remind ourselves that because He’s our Shepherd we’ll lack no good thing. To believe that God will work everything out for our good. To trust God even when things don’t add up.
Sometime back, I remember I was thinking about getting something and I was already calculating how to go about getting it. I then realized that the cost for that thing was huge and I couldn’t and wouldn’t be able to afford it even in months. I heaved a deep sigh.
You see, I always wondered why God was furious with the Israelites’. But this particular day, while I was still calculating how to solve my ‘lil’ problem, I understood why clearly “….His anger rose against Israel, for they did not believe God or trust him to care for them“. This verse from Psalm made me gush and get all emotional like ‘Awwwwwww. Isn’t He just sweet? ’
This tells me that God wants us to trust Him with our cares. He wants us to believe that He will fulfill the desires He placed in our hearts in due time. He wants us to retire from self-care and begin to cast our cares on Him.
Frankly speaking, I know that casting our cares is not a piece of cake especially for worriers like myself who have a history of worrying about anything and everything. However, I do believe that it is possible if not God wouldn’t ask us to do it.
So, if you’re tired of a worry-lifestyle like me and would like to give this ‘cast your care’ advice a try, then we can start by first believing that “…He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully”. We need to let that sink in deeply. Second thing is to cry to God “Dear Father, I know I’m a worrywart, worry comes to me naturally. I also know that worrying about my problem doesn’t change them, if anything, it multiplies them. Today, I’m laying all my worries and anxieties on your altar. Lord, help me to trust you in this area. Teach me to cast my cares on you once and for all in Jesus name”. Third thing is to believe that He has heard and will help us .