Life can be stressful. Any adult with a career, bills and maintaining a home, disease, etcetera knows that life comes with stressors, anxiety and fears. As parents we stress out about our children’s growth, hoping and praying they grow normally and have a great chance at life. I myself, lately have been stressed out by our downstairs neighbors. This is a normal part of living in apartments, but we have never received a complaint before in our years living in a second-floor apartment. That changed when we moved to this apartment complex. The floors are thin and footsteps resonate throughout the floor with ease. We must now be extra careful, even retraining our children to walk softer. This has truly produced stress and anxiety for our family.
God offers all Christ followers some excellent words of encouragement and conviction to follow through with if we want to live free from the weight of an anxious life.
You have to humble yourself.
In 1 Peter 5:5-7, Peter reveals to us that there are two groups of leaders in the original audience were conflicted with each other. The two groups of leaders are the seasoned elders of the congregation, and the spiritually younger leaders. Their conflict was great enough that it created stress on the original audience, producing the misfortune of anxious lifestyles. Peter, catching wind of this, saw immediately what was wrong.
1 Peter 5:5-7:
“5 You younger men, likewise, be subject to your elders; and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.
6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, 7 casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.
There were two areas of pride not being taken care of in a godly manner of discipleship.
- The spiritually younger leaders were not subjecting themselves to the spiritually older elders, thus lacking the humility, Peter directly point two.
- Everyone involved was exhorted to clothe themselves in humility, humbling themselves enough to cast their anxiety on God.
These leaders were acting proud of themselves and each of them lost sight of their unity as leaders, as well as God’s sovereignty over their lives. They each shouldered the weight of the conflict on their own strengths, not turning to God for help. Peter steps into the conflict and says, “Therefore, humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time…” We can see that Peter saw the connection. Pride was the root of their conflict and each of them needed to deal with it, so they could get right with each other, as well as with God. Peter didn’t stop there, though. He wanted to not only deal with their pride, but also the symptoms that the original audience was feeling. Peter said, “Therefore, humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because he cares for you.”
Peter knew their stress and their anxiety was directly related to their circumstances and their pride. They were not willing to cast off their anxiety to God. They were trying to take care of their problems solely on their own strength or as a member of the one of the two groups of leaders. They had left God out of the equation and it was making them wearisome in their stress, creating anxiety.
God calls us to cast our anxieties onto Him. Casting literally means to throw forcibly, while anxiety means all of your cares or worries. God wants you to literally throw all the things you care about and all of the worries you have right at him in prayer, leaving them there when you are done. He says for us to do this, because he cares for us, which means God has claimed you to be personally relevant and important to Him.
God is saying, “Give me your struggles, because I love you! Don’t do this on your strength. I can handle what you cannot. Admit it to me and come for peace.”
Each of us has our struggles, our worries and the anxiety it produces. Don’t let pride seep in too deep. Admit we need God and let Him guide you in your prayer time, giving you the peace of mind that it is being taking care of with your strength and God’s. Throw your worries forcibly at God and he will lovingly gather them up. Go to God consistently and you will notice a change with your stress. Life may not get easier, but your peace of mind and knowledge that God is with you every step of the way will make it bearable.
“Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God.”
Daddy Time Theology.
 Elder: Strong’s Koine Greek #4245 (presbyteros) – Appointed or elected position over an assembly of Christian believers.
 Younger: Strong’s Koine Greek #3501(neos) a vocative adjective to describe the newer or fresher of two people.
 Proud: Strong’s Koine Greek #5244 (hyperephanos) – showing unwarranted importance and pride in oneself; haughty; arrogant.
 Casting: Strong’s Koine Greek #1977 (epiripto) – conceived of as throwing on forcibly; cast upon.
 Anxiety: Strong’s Koine Greek #3308 (merimna) – cares, worries, anxieties
 Cares: Strong’s Koine Greek #3308 (melei) – to be relevant or important to; concerned about.