MEDITATION ON GOD CARES FOR YOU – 1 Peter 5: 6 and 7
The greatest virtue any Christian could develop is humility. There are many benefits from being humble. Jesus stressed this in his teachings. See Mt 23:12; Lk 14:11 and 18:14. James also spoke about it in Jas 4:10. Its importance made Peter to write and remind us about it in our text. One reason why humility is essentially important is because God resists the proud (1 Pet. 5:5). Humbling ourselves under the mighty hands of God means acknowledging him as Lord and depending on him to provide for and meet your needs. This is one of the ways to allow God show His mercies to us.
Casting our care upon God implies that we should always commit our whole cause to him. In the opinion of Albert Barnes, “If we suffer heavy trials; if we lose our friends, health, or property; if we have arduous and responsible duties to perform; if we feel that we have no strength, and are in danger of being crushed by what is laid upon us, we may go and cast all upon the Lord; that is, we may look to him for grace and strength, and feel assured that he will enable us to sustain all that is laid upon us.”
According to William Burkitt, God cares for us implies also two things:
1. In general, the providence of God governs the world, and concerns itself in the affairs of men, and disposes of all events that happen to us.
2. More particularly, that this providence is more peculiarly concerned for good men, and that he takes a special care of them, and of their concerns; and the care that God takes of them is a special care, a tender care, a promised and engaged care, a care mysteriously exercised; he then takes most care of them when they think he takes none at all.
Our today’s society presents diverse challenges. There is no security; the economy is extremely bad with investors losing their monies. There are no jobs for our teeming youths and worst still is the fact that most marriages are crumbling and ending in divorce. The sexual perversion and gay are prominent in our society. Corruption is crippling the economy of most countries and salaries paid workers can no longer sustain families. Many people are running into debts and bills cannot be paid. The rate of apostasy, falsehood and immoral acts in the church from altar to the pews are even causes for concern.
In all these, we should continue to anchor our faith in Christ Jesus. He still cares for us and without Him we cannot do anything of our own (John 15:5). Let us continue to look unto Jesus (Heb 12:2). Just as Albert Barnes posited, we should look to him for grace and strength, and feel assured that he will enable us to sustain all that is laid upon us.