Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God,
that He may exalt you in due time,
casting all your care upon Him,
for He cares for you.
1 Peter 5:6-7
LORD Jesus, we praise You that You are right there with us — whatever happens today or whatever will happen tomorrow. Forgive us, O God we pray, when we do not keep our eyes fixed on You. Help us to trust in You and to draw near to You. Let us seek Your Will in all of what we are going through, and enable us to obey Your Word and to do as You have commanded us to do. In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen.
Don’t be surprised when trials come. Sometimes they are coming from a source you didn’t expect them to come from. Often enough people will think you are strange because you are not like them. If they try to convince you to do wrong don’t run with them. They will give an account to God — and so will you.
Instead, arm yourselves with the mind of Christ. He knows what you are going through. Better yet, He knows you, your situation, and everybody involved in it. He remains in control over all things. So don’t despair.
Your situation might look hopeless or like there is no light at the end of the tunnel, but there is. Does your situation look out of shape, void and dark? So did the whole earth in the very beginning. Listen to that:
The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
John Owen writes that:
In this state of things
the Holy Spirit must create life.
Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.
Right now, during this worldwide pandemic, things look even more out of shape, void, and dark to us. What we might have been able to handle before — be it an argument with a friend, a sickness, the death of a loved one, or any other hardship we have ever faced — these things now overwhelm us even the more. But let us not despair. Let us press on instead!
Back to today’s verses (1 Peter 5:6-7)
Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time,
casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
Matthew Henry comments:
The apostle, knowing that these Christians were already under very hard circumstances, rightly supposes that what he had foretold of greater hardships yet a coming might excite in them abundance of care and fear about the event of these difficulties, what the issue of them would be to themselves, their families, and the church of God; foreseeing this anxious care would be a heavy burden, and a sore temptation, he gives them the best advice, and supports it with a strong argument. His advice is to cast all their care, or all care of themselves, upon God. “Throw your cares, which are so cutting and distracting, which wound your souls and pierce your hearts, upon the wise and gracious providence of God; trust in him with a firm composed mind, for he careth for you. He is willing to release you of your care, and take the care of you upon himself.
Press on, casting ALL your cares upon Him who cares for you.