Our Father Knows Best

By: Jack McCall

1 Peter 5:6-7

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.

 

In this chapter, Peter is speaking to the elders and young men. But is he excluding women?  No!  I think he's speaking more about the responsibility of the older ones to be wise and good spiritual examples of humility, cautioning the younger ones to learn humility and not to be swept away by pride.

In a previous reflection I shared how I asked my doctor about his faith. When the door closed so abruptly to that opportunity, I was a bit taken back. I was sure that God had sent me into his office to give my testimony. In fact, I was so sure that I put a Christians in Commerce Weekend brochure in my shirt pocket.

As I stood at the nurse’s station waiting to make my next appointment, a young man was handing all the nurses Starbucks coffee. When he left, I commented to a nurse how nice that was. She said, "He's my wonderful husband. He does this for us on his day off." I asked what he did for a living. She said, "He's a police officer." "Does he know Chaplain Dave?” I asked. She answered, "I'm not sure that he knows him, but he's part of the Police Chaplaincy Program." I said, "I think I'm supposed to give you this Marketplace Ministry brochure for him." She smiled and eagerly put it in her purse.

Just because I'm older and working in Jesus’ name doesn't mean I've arrived. I still have plenty to learn about humility. Many times I'm learning that from the younger ones. I could have approached this situation with a lot less anxiety. God knows what he's doing.

 

TAKE THE CHALLENGE: Does our anxiety when working for Jesus block what he has sent us to do? Are we so preoccupied that we miss what it is he really has in mind for us?