Humbly Trust in God
"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." 1 Peter 5:6-7
Why does Peter put humility and trusting God together? Perhaps there's a connection here between worry and pride.
Though we may not see it, our fears and worries sometimes come from a prideful heart. When we worry, the assumption can be that we know better than God does. “If only I was sovereign, then I could make things work out better.” There's a hint of pride in our fears that says if only we were in control of this situation, then everything would go more smoothly.
The remedy for this kind of anxiety is obviously humility. We need to humbly come before God and cast our anxieties on Him, knowing He not only cares for us but is also much wiser than us. He knows how to work things out for the best outcome—to bring Him glory and to grow our sanctification.
This humility comes through a greater knowledge of our God. As we grow in our understanding of God's character and see how much greater He is than us, our only response should be to fall humbly to our knees before Him. As we see His perfect sovereignty, His flawless goodness, His unquenchable might, we realize we could not be any safer than in His hands.
Dear God, please help me to humbly trust You rather than pridefully trusting myself. Help me to rely on Your sovereignty rather than seeking my own. Thank You for being trustworthy and caring for me. Amen.
In what ways has your pride led to further anxiety?