I sincerely apologize for not writing on this blog recently.
Let me pick the ball up where I last dropped it…
Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. 1 Peter 5:6-7 (NKJV)
As I look over my life, the cause of much of my internal anguish over the years has been caused by a fear of failure. I don’t so much mean failing in the eyes of men. Although that would be painful, it is bearable. However, my heart breaks at the thought that I might fail Him who gave His life for me.
I not only want to live in a manner “worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him” (Col. 1:10) in all respects, but I want to give Him all of the “power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honor and glory and blessing” that He is so worthy of. (Rev. 5:12)
Over the years, I have been plagued by the thought of just messing up, of missing His will, of not launching out when He wanted me to or of launching out when He didn’t tell me to.
It seems to me that the Holy Spirit is addressing just such fears in the passage cited above. He tells us to “humble ourselves the mighty hand of God.” The phrase “the mighty hand of God is used nowhere else in the Scripture. What does He mean by this?
Remember the former things of old, for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure’ Isaiah 46:9-10 (NKJV)
“Indeed before the day was, I am He; and there is no one who can deliver out of My hand; I work, and who will reverse it?” Isaiah 43:13 (NKJV)
The inescapable reality of life is that if God does not want us to succeed, we are not going to succeed no matter how hard we try. However, the Scripture paints a very clear picture that God wants to bless the righteous. We have evidence beyond a shadow of a doubt that God wants to bless us.
He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Romans 8:32 (NKJV)
Therefore, I want to be blessed. I want to be great. I want to excel in everything that I put my hand to. Not to boast. Most of the time, I could not care less if men ever notice anything that I do. Occasionally, it would be nice. However, I do not wake up in the morning wondering if men think well of me. Does He think well of me? Is He who sits on the throne happy with my life?
The Holy Spirit is telling us to submit our lives under the mighty hand of God, to trust Him, to yield to Him, to know Him in all of our ways, to practically acknowledge that His ways are higher than ours. Practically, we do this by casting all of our care upon Him.
Why does He want us to do this? That He may exalt you in due time.
Why would the Father do that? Because He cares for you.