1 Peter 5:6-11
“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you.” vss. 6-7
One of the frustrating things about the myriad of problems facing humanity is that there is little that any of us can do to fix anything. In general all the ugly things plaguing the world are systemic issues, and it’s demonically difficult to change systems. And yet if systems are not changed problems like war, poverty, hunger, terror and famine will continue unabated. Again, the issue is not new. Peter was very aware of systemic evil and was hard-pressed to find a word of comfort for his friends. The thoughts that he came up with still make sense. He told his readers to humble themselves, and recognize that everything was not up to them. That’s good to know. We can do only what we can do–and that will be enough. Ultimately, because God is God, goodness will win the day. In the meantime humility will be our most important attribute. None of us have all the answers, and the answers we have will often be wrong. So instead of worrying about being right, it’s best to simply muddle along, pitching in when we can, and continuing to trust in God. Collectively, in our little faith communities, we can make a difference for good, and one day in due time, God will exalt us.
Thought for the Day: What is a system? How do they go bad?