The context of 1 Peter 5 is Peter’s exhortation to the leaders of the body. He tells them that they are to engage in the work of leading the body with humility, voluntarily, and not for personal monetary gain. He then turns to the younger leaders and instructs them to submit to the older leaders. He tells all that they are to be humble toward one another. The interesting thing to me is that verse 7 is the last half of the sentence that starts in verse 6. It seems that Peter is acknowledging that submission and humility toward one another can produce anxiety in those submitting with humility. It is the case that I find that to be true in my experience.
Submitting to other’s leadership is risky. Approaching leaders with humility is risky. It cedes control to them at some significant level. Peter’s exhortation to cast that anxiety on Christ is instructive. Christ was both submissive and humble toward the leadership of the Jews. The exhortation seems to be that in our submission and humility our ultimate trust, like Christ’s is in God, not in the leadership.
That does not make the assignment easier. It just changes the playing field.
I will address verse 8 tomorrow.