1 Peter 5:6-11 – The Humility In Trusting That God Cares For You

The verb, “cares,” is in the present continuous tense which here undoubtedly looks at a general truth about God. It reminds us that God always and constantly cares about us. It serves to remind us of the unchanging faithfulness and love of God. Life changes and seems terribly fickle, but God’s care is steadfast and unfailing, indeed, it is new every morning (Lam. 3:21-23).

The Greek text is a little more emphatic than the English translation. Literally, the Greek says, “for to Him, it is a care concerning you.” This not only says that He cares for us as His children, but that the whole of our care, which He wants us to cast on Him, is very much His personal concern.

The idea is this: “Anxiety is a self-contradiction to true humility. Unbelief is, in a sense, an exalting of self against God in that one is depending upon self and failing to trust God. Why worry therefore, if we are His concern. He is more concerned about our welfare than we could possibly be.”1 Furthermore, He is infinitely more capable of caring for us than we are for ourselves.

As we cast the whole of our care on the Lord, the need is not only to know that God cares for each of us, but to know that in His care, He is seeking to conform us into the image and character of the Savior (James 1:2-4). For that to occur, it is necessary (1 Pet. 1:6) for Him to humble us in order to move us from the place of self-trust or trust in our own resources into greater and greater levels of faith because God’s plan is that “the just shall live by faith.”

J. Hampton Keathly III

Read 1 Peter 5:6-11. How is humility demonstrated by casting your anxieties on God? Do you see the great silliness of pridefully trusting in yourself when the great God over all cares for you?

Not In Me by Sovereign Grace

Posted on: February 16, 2017 - 10:00PM

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