Today’s bible study is from I Peter 5:6-7: Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.
Humble yourselves under God’s mighty hand. This is something that has been taught to us since most of us were little children in Sunday School. We have always learned that God does not want His people to be arrogant or boastful or proud. God wants us to humble ourselves, to fall on our knees, to come to Him empty, and to reach out to Him when we are in the most lonely and difficult places in our lives.
When we think of God’s mighty hand, perhaps humility is made easier for us. God’s mighty hand had the power to cause plagues, famines, and floods. God even had the power to bring about creation itself. How, in the name of common sense, can we feel anything but humility when we acknowledge the strength, power and glory of God? We might feel very small and insignificant standing in the presence of a world leader, a member of royalty, a famous movie star or chart-topping singer. We may be a bit nervous standing in the spotlight with all eyes on us. So how can we feel in the presence of God other than humble? The more we are aware of His power and majesty, the more humble we become.
When will God lift us up? Many believe that we shall be lifted up upon our death and taken to paradise to live with God. Others believe that this is not necessarily the only scenario. A New Testament professor once told me that the kingdom of God is not something we have to wait for, but something that is here and now, just waiting for us to accept it. This is so right! We can be spiritually lifted up so that our hearts and souls are filled with the love of God, yet function purposefully here on earth. Our everyday lives will be brighter, sharper, and take on new clarity. We will begin to notice tiny miracles and appreciate small wonders. We will be lifted up every time we turn our hearts and minds to God and ask for His divine guidance and love.
Anxiety is a very real problem for too many of us. We face anxiety about our families, our jobs, our finances, the economy, and virtually everyone we come into contact with. Too often we have to simply grit our teeth and keep on doing what we are supposed to do. We worry about our health, our homes, our bills, and our futures. A few of us are anxious about the very real possibility of homelessness and even where our next meal is coming from. It is a well known statistic that the average American family is only two paychecks away from financial insecurity.
Many are facing serious illness, the loss of a loved one, or a retirement account that is now worth very little. For too many, the dream of retirement has faded into the reality of work. Military families deal with separation anxiety on a daily basis, knowing that a loved one is far from home and in harm’s way. Many try to control their anxiety with alcohol or drugs. But how much more powerful is treatment with the goodness and peace of God? When we are feeling anxious and fearful, God will be there and, like a loving father, holding us are within His arms and assuring us that we are not alone. In a world filled with uncertainty, loss, grief and injustice, how comforting if is to know that we never have to carry more than we are able and that God, in all His power and strength, will carry our burdens with us.
References: The People’s New Testament Commentary by M. Eugene Boring and Fred B. Craddock, The MacArthur Bible Commentary by John MacArthur and Concise Bible Commentary, David S. Dockery, General Editor. You might also like to read:
- Broad Brook Bible Study Examiner, Grace Dooley
- Atlanta Christian Living Examiner, Taylor Powell
- Atlanta Bible Study Examiner, Donna Sundblad
- Kentucky Bible Study Examiner, Timothy Edwards
- Daily Bible Guide
- Growing in Christ
- Bible Study Tools Online
- The Jesus Walk Bible Study Series