If we would serve one another, we must humble ourselves. We will humble ourselves only if we recognize the mighty hand of God and see our unworthiness in light of His majesty. We cannot resist His mighty hand, we can only submit to it. Peter echoed Jesus’ promise that God would exalt the humble person at the proper time.
1 Peter 5:5-13 In the same way, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. All of you clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble. Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you at the proper time, 7 casting all your cares on him, because he cares about you.
Too often we resist the humble approach when undergoing difficult circumstances. Like the persecuted saints reading this letter, we can get so caught up in our personal struggles that we assert ourselves in self-defense. Peter taught that the opposite is true. When we humble ourselves before God and one another, we can enter a position of security and rest. The very act of humbling ourselves is made possible by our casting all [our] cares on the Lord. Rather than wrestling with the cares of life, we trust Him with our burdens. The psalmist shared a similar testimony of faith when he wrote, “Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you” (Psalm 55:22).
When experiencing suffering, we are tempted to voice the disciples’ cry from the midst of a sinking ship, “Teacher! Don’t you care?” (Mark. 4:38). Peter assured the persecuted churches they could cast their care on the Lord because he cares. We can trust Him with whatever circumstances we face. If He loved us enough to send His Son to the cross for us, we cannot doubt His care for us. In His love, we can humble ourselves and submit to His mighty hand.