As the flood waters continue to rise, he clings desperately to a rock, panic-stricken at the surging torrent. It’s not a familiar feeling, as he’d always been an “I can do this myself” kind of guy. Just before he’s about to be swept away, a rescue helicopter appears. A cable and harness is dropped. This scene and many like it play out across the country in countless different ways. What they all have in common is what has to happen next: the guy has to stop trying to help himself and submit to the instructions of the rescue team. Like this:
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. (1 Peter 5:6)
Rescue workers can tell you that getting people to stop freaking out and start obeying their instructions is frequently the toughest part of the procedure. When we are panicked, it becomes very frightening to relinquish control, very hard to trust someone else. Knowing that, Peter continued with this next verse, currently my favorite:
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. (1 Peter 5:6-7)
Four simple words. Astonishing message. The Creator of the universe, the Ancient of Days, not only knows you but cares. He cares for you. Peter learned this after having abandoned and disowned Jesus. He was humbled and crushed to discover later, “He (still) cares for me.” It matters to God what happens to you. His rescue has already been mounted. The cable has been dropped. Jesus is ready to give you the harness, so the Father can lift you up. Listen to Him. He cares for you.