Some days I feel sorry for God. Aside from His owning cattle on a thousand hills, walking on streets of gold, and having an angelic choir to sing to Him every day, He’s got a lot to think about. I think if He were human, He’d have a major melt-down. He presents His children with Matthew 6:25-34 with love and compassion, yet we disregard it and act like we’re God, trying to fix our problems with our own power. What frustration!
Thankfully, God is not human and doesn’t respond to stress like we do. Our stress level goes into the red zone when we haven’t had enough sleep, yet God “will neither slumber nor sleep” (Psalm 121:4). Our calm demeanors go south when someone crosses us wrong, yet God is “slow to anger and abounding in mercy” (Psalm 103:8). Things just don’t get on God’s nerves! He’s always in perfect control, “anxious for nothing” (Philippians 4:6). To help lessen our stress and become more like Him, He instructs us with this:
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: casting your care upon him; for he cares for you. (I Peter 5:6, 7)
Oh, now there’s something to stress about! Now we humans are instructed to humble ourselves and relinquish our cares and concerns to Someone else! For the natural man, that’s tough stuff. We don’t like to submit ourselves to anything, especially to Something we can’t see. But as Christians who want to please God, there’s no other option.
But without faith it is impossible to please him; for he that comes to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. (Hebrews 11:6)
Faith simply believes God and His Word. But to believe God, we must first believe He exists and declare that He is God and we’re not. That’s saying that He’s Lord of our lives and our problems. Sadly, we often make our cares and stresses our “babies,” not realizing that they were never meant to be ours. We adopt them, feed them, change them, clothe them, nurse them, and sometimes make them look like us. And all the while, God is looking on with pity saying, “That was never meant to be your problem in the first place!”
It takes humility to live by faith. It takes humility to hand over our cares to the One who cares for us the most. Humble faith bows its knee to the God of every situation, every problem, and every care. It declares that God is bigger and stronger than even the greatest issue. As we choose to hand over lordship to Him, we’re introduced to a whole new world of peace. It’s not a peace that’s temporary or weak, imaginary or synthetic. It’s a peace “that passes all understanding” (Philippians 4:7) and comes from a God who loves us enough to give it.