I Peter 5:6-7.
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time:
Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you.
So much depth in so few words.
We are to humble ourselves. Notice that the verse does not admonish us to pray that God will humble us. It is something we are to choose, on purpose, allowing God to exalt us,(lift up high), and not to exalt ourselves. “I am the greatest” should not be a part of our vocabulary!
If we fail to humbly submit ourselves to God’s authority, He may choose to bring us to our knees instead. He can, you know. It is in His power to reduce our pride and self-exaltation to ashes.
We live in an era in which self-esteem has become a “thing.” People seek out professional counselors to help them develop better self-esteem. I would submit to you that the real problem here is that we really want other people to think more highly of us than they do. It is not so much that we think poorly of ourselves. It is that we think others don’t think as highly of us as they should. We crave to be noticed, appreciated, held in high regard.
Of course there are those who truly believe they are beneath contempt. I never, as a therapist, urged those people to have better self-esteem. Instead, I gave them scriptural principles about who they are in God’s eyes. He made us for Himself (Col 1: 16); we are His masterpieces (Eph. 2:10); He knew us before we were conceived (Ps. 139:14); and He has plans for us that are good (Jer. 29:11). Add to all that the fact that He sent His only Son, Jesus, to be the ultimate sacrifice to bring us into right relationship with Himself. There is no greater love!
Finally, v. 5 reminds us to lay all our worries, fears, doubts, and concerns at His feet, because He cares for us. There is no better place to take our burdens that to the feet of Jesus! Satan would load us up with burdens we cannot carry, but we can lay all those burdens at His feet and leave them there. Our trouble lies in the fact that we lay our burdens down, then go back to pick them up again. Some of us seem to believe that if we’re not worried, burdened, loaded with heavy cares, that we aren’t really very spiritual.
The exact opposite is true! God intended for us to walk joyfully through this life, not to crawl in sorrow and anxiety, bearing the whole world on our shoulders.
The degree to which we worry is NOT the measure of our spirituality.