Pride in Worrying

1Peter5:6-7
Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time He may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on Him because He cares for you.

Humble- marked by meekness or modesty in behavior, attitude, or spirit; not arrogant or prideful

Exalt- to glorify, praise or honor


5:6
Humble yourselves- in their suffering, God's people are to give themselves entirely to Him, submitting to His wise ordering of their lives.

Mighty hand of God- brings to mind Exodus, where the Lord delivered Israel from Egypt "by a mighty hand" (Exodus 3:19, 32:11;Deut. 4:34, 5:15). Those that suffer can be confident that the day of humiliation will not last forever. Whether it happens later on in your earthly life or at the last day, God will exalt His people at the proper time.

5:7
Casting all our anxieties on Him- bringing all of your burdens to the Lord and letting Him bear the load, not worrying what will happen and how it will happen. Trusting and leaning fully on Him. Worry is a form of pride because it involves taking concerns upon oneself instead of entrusting them to God. Believers can trust God because, as their Father, He cares for them.


What causes us to worry? Why do we let things bother us to the point that we cannot eat, sleep, or just plain function in life and society? We worry about everything that life challenges us with. We worry about money, about where our next meal will come from, we worry about our jobs and our bills. We worry about everything. What good does it do to worry? When is the last time you changed the outcome of something because you worried about it?

As a child of God, you don't have any business worrying about anything. God knows exactly what you need, He knows how to care for and nurture your needs. Jesus that He loves us so much and is so caring that He knows how many hairs you have on your head. Jesus says that if God provides food for the fowl of the air, don't you think that He will provide for you also? Are you not more important than birds? As believers, as children of God, we can trust Him because, as our Father, He loves us. Most of you can put enough trust in your earthly parents that if you tell them you need help with a problem, they will help you and you will start to feel better about that problem going away. Now you can shift your worry onto something else, some other problem. Isn't that what we do? If we, as children of God, can learn how to trust Him and how to lean on Him in all matters of life and in all times, we can trust our heavenly Father, who is much more able than our earthly parents, will take care of your problems, He will work it out for you. As a matter of fact, the problem has already been worked out, you just haven't got to the answer yet. If we can move our faith and put it to work, we know that God has a plan, His timing is perfect, I'm not going to worry because He had the problem worked out long before I knew the problem even existed. It' already taken care of. I can focus my time and my attention on worshiping, on praising and on glorifying God because He has it all worked out!

One might say, "you don't understand the test and trial that I am going through." You may be going through a test. Any good teacher gives the information that will be on the test. Aren't you glad we have an awesome teacher? If you are going through a test, hold your head up, Jesus has given you all the information that you need to pass that test! If the test gets hard, hang in there, don't give up. If you fail the test this time, you might have to take it again. You can't graduate or move on to the next level in your faith until you can pass the test at this level. If times are tough, you're not sure where your next meal is coming from, hang in there just a little longer. God is about to work, He is about to move and you are about to be delivered from that trial and you will be victorious! The test is strengthen your faith. Each time, the test is a little harder. God teaches us how to rely on Him, how to have faith.

When you spend all of your time worrying, you are professing that you do not trust God. It is a form of pride. You are taking the burden upon yourself because you do not trust that God will handle your problems for you. As a child of God, you don't have any business worrying about anything. Trust God. He already has the problem worked out. Thank Him, praise Him because you will come out on top! Take your burdens to the Lord and leave them there!

Father we praise you today for your ability and willingness to take on all of our problems. God we glorify your name. We know that you have a plan for each of us and the result is victory. Teach us how to fully trust in you and rely on you, not man. Father give us the courage to lay our burdens upon you and forget about them. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.
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