1 Peter 5:6-7 is a passage I often run to in times of trouble. It's a balm to my spirit to hear again how much God loves me and to let His good promises pour over my heart and mind.
Humble yourself, therefore, under the mighty hand of God
so that at the proper time He may exalt you,
casting all your anxieties on Him
BECAUSE HE CARES FOR YOU!
What a powerful passage! God lifts us into His arms like a loving father scoops up a child to give comfort and protection. The minute I saw the new set, My Friend releasing from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps this month I immediately thought of the 1 Peter passage. The image of Jesus lifting a little child is a perfect vision of His tender care for us. We can surrender completely to Him...in fact, He requires our submission. That's really what faith and trust are all about...SUBMISSION. And that is not something our current culture frequently embraces. We are seeing all out rebellion in our country at so many levels. It should do our hearts good to be refreshed by this verse.
Submission is the starting point of God's mighty hand of protection over us. Without our submission to His will and ways, God will likely allow us to go our own way so we find out first hand that way doesn't work. As we submit to Him--our lives, our hearts, our eternity--He scoops us up with a mighty hand and will hold us tenderly, keeping us safe.
Our surrender requires a humble heart. We have to come to terms with the fact we are not in control. God is--always has been and always will be.
Our surrender requires the relinquishment of everything to Him...all that we are, all that we have. That means giving up our fears and worries--because we are trusting Him to take care of everything.
We can leave everything with the Lord...hand it over and LEAVE it there. This is possible and profitable because He cares for us. His plans and purposes are for our good. The second image in the margin is a sneak peek of a set from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps...there will be some amazing singles released soon...PERFECT for Bible art journaling because they fit in the margin of your Bible perfectly.
I'll address the passage and SNSS image on the facing page in my next post. But for today, I invite you to surrender again any worries or fears you may have about your future. Leave each and every one of them with the Lord!
And while you are peeking in at Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps join us all month long for the 9th birthday of operation. Korin Sutherland, owner/designer, has some amazing specials and give aways. Peek in each week to see what new.