I’ve been randomly adding Jesus Calling to my quiet times and looking up the verses each day references. Today’s selection came from 1 Peter 5:6 and I read the following verse too because it wasn’t a complete sentence, which usually means it’s not a stand alone verse.
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. 1 Peter 5:6-7
What does it mean to humble one’s self, you ask? Let me start with a few Greek translations found in my Blue Letter Bible app 🙂
- Humble tapeinoō – to lower one’s self; have a modest opinion of one’s self
- Exalt hypsoō – lift up on high; to raise to dignity, honor, and happiness
- Casting epiriptō – to throw upon; place upon
- Anxiety merimna – care, anxiety; related to distractions
- Cares melei – to care about; to have interest in
Maybe you’re thinking all these make total sense, so what was the point in looking them up?
I wanted to know exactly what the writer had in mind when he wrote these verses. I wanted to make sure I understood why each word was carefully selected to get his point across to his readers. Even though my knowledge is limited by not knowing the original language, these definitions do help to unpack these verses more than my reliance on my native language.
Instead of giving you all my thoughts on each of these words (they’re numerous and awestruck), I’ll try to keep my takeaway short.
Pride is trying to work through the
cares distractions and me saying, “I’ve got this.” To humble myself, I need to take a step back and see God for who He is and what He’s done and say, “You’ve got this.” Humbling myself looks at the distractions and chucks them to God because He has strong shoulders and all the resources in the world (and heaven) to handle it all.
Once we can get to a point of knowing He doesn’t just kind of care about you and me, but is truly interested and invested in us more than we can still comprehend, that is the place of living in the freedom of casting our cares at His feet.
I struggle with this and probably will continue to until I see Him face to face. But until that day, I will keep chucking the distractions as I see them, trusting that He will lift my chin at the proper time, saying “You are worthy, because I have declared you so.”
And my God will supply every need of yours according to his glorious riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19 ESV