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.
1 Peter 5:6,7
God Cares for You
I need help.
Those are three of the hardest words for anyone to say. They are a humble confession that I have limitations. I am not strong enough. I am not smart enough. I am not skilled enough. I am stuck and cannot see a way through this.
But these three words are some of the most liberating words for anyone to say. Especially when the person to whom they are said can provide the help we need.
That is why going to God when we need help is so wonderfully comforting. The apostle Peter knew this. That is why he points us to God as our perfect helper. God can do anything by the power of his mighty hand. Picture the helping hand of God throughout history. Picture the Lord opening a road through the Red Sea for Israel to escape the Egyptian army. Picture the Almighty making a way through the wilderness for the remnant to return from Babylon. Picture Jesus reaching down to grab hold of Peter’s hand as that experienced fisherman floundered and flailed for his life in the Galilean Sea. Picture Jesus, at the appointed time, stretching his hands on the cross to die for a world of helpless sinners. Picture those same scarred hands embracing Peter as Jesus urged him, “Feed my sheep.”
So, go to God when you need help. He does not simply care about you. He cares for you. It is who he is. It is what he does. Let him take care of it for you. At the proper time, he will help in the perfect way.
Gracious Lord, you are my capable and caring God. Help me to humble myself before you, trusting that you will help me at the perfect time, in the perfect way. Amen.