I have 3 daughters and I think Disney knows this. Since the movie frozen raptured our world, and I’m pretty sure not just mine, the song “Let It Go” has been on repeat in the shower, car, back patio, kitchen and everywhere those little feet travel. I will admit that this is one of the best musical animations Disney has done in years but it should’ve came with a disclaimer. But if I’m honest there really is nothing wrong with letting go.
~ 1 Peter 5: 6,7 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. ~
The apostle Peter writes a letter to the believers all over the world to equip them for Grace living. He mentions several dynamics that we must walk in grace with … government, marriage, suffering, etc. One topic more emphatic than others is the grace of suffering that is allotted to every believer. It draws us closer to God and shows the world his peace. Suffering will come on all ends but how we handle it will determine whether we glorify God or the problem.
If we read the verses backwards, like they do in other cultures, we would see the following – I care for you, so cast all you anxiety’s/cares on me, I will exalt you in the proper time so humble yourself to me because I give grace to those who do so and oppose those who trust themselves. Letting it go has a mathematic equation…problem + person + giving it to God (prayer, counsel of others, reading and trusting his word) = enduring grace for you and enduring glory to God.
I love seeing these exact words in the text because I get to drop all of my theological inquiries, traditional bias, and personal experiences and take the word as it is. He cares for you and I! Go to him for strength, go to his people for prayer, see his grace meet you at your need. Whatever you are going through or anxious about, he cares and wants you to have peace on earth. Let it go and give it to God.
“O taste and see that the Lord is good; how blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!” In his presence and with his people