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

 

The Message bible states verse 7 this way, “Live carefree before God; he is most careful with you.” This is something that most of us would gladly accept and claim as our own, for I think that living in a state of being that is free from care is something that most people desire. Yet, from our point of view this is rarely, if ever, true. Worries, concerns and troubles, the cares of the world, plague us. They cling to our days with such tenacity that they can begin to seem as if they are a part of the created order of things.

 

Yet, God tells us that we can live in this carefree manner. He tells us to place all of these worries, cares, and concerns on Him. Peter goes even further with this idea in that he seems to be saying that pride is at work when followers of Christ holds onto our cares, our anxieties. The answer to pride is humility, and humility often comes about when we gain honest perspective and use the corrective of truth as revealed in God’s word and by His Spirit to view ourselves and what it means to live in this world. God’s truth can be sobering, and it can also set us free.

 

God does not promise that our days will be free from troubles, and our human make up will lead us to have anxiety over many of the things that we will encounter. So, this carefree living that Peter is discussing is not a life that is absent of all challenges. He was a realist, and he certainly acted out of his own anxieties at times. Anxieties, cares, fears concerns and troubles do exist. However, we serve a mighty God who cares totally for each of us, and He asks us to trust Him enough to give over the disabling aspects of our troubles and concerns to Him so that we might live fully in the joy of His presence. Thus, the place of carefree living is found as we surrender the burden of life to Christ and follow Him into His calling for us.