Daily Devotion for April 12, 2017

'1 Peter 5:5-7 NIV'

1 Peter 5:5b-7 NIV
All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.

Reminders for today (adapted from Matthew Henry's commentary)...

All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.
Heavenly Father, help us remember today (every day) that our minds, behavior, words, and our whole frames are to be adorned with “humility.” Humility will render us obedient and make our duties easy and pleasant. Humility will preserve peace and order in all our circumstances and situations. Humility brings us more of Your “grace,” and more wisdom, faith, holiness, and humility. On the other hand, pride is the great DISTURBER—it is the cause of most dissensions and breaches. Moreover, pride is what You oppose, Father...because it makes us Your enemy, an enemy of Your Kingdom, and an enemy among men. You will pull us down when we suffer from pride...

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time.
Father, help us increasingly “humble” ourselves under You. May we be increasingly submissive to Your will, submissive to Your Word, submissive to Your Spirit's leading, and submissive to Your Son's ways. Moreover, make us humble and submissive to You in ALL that You bring upon us, Lord, because being submissively under Your hand is the way to deliverance and exaltation. Since this is so, use your Spirit and Word to make us patient under Your chastisements, submissive to Your pleasure, repentant, prayerful, and hopeful in Your mercy. You will “lift” us “up in due time.”

Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.
Knowing that Christians sometimes have very hard circumstances,
Knowing that Christians can (at times) foresee even greater hardships on the horizon,
Knowing that these might excite in us an abundance of care and fear,
Knowing that our anxieties are various and of more sorts than one,
Knowing the cares even of good people are very burdensome, and too often very sinful,
Knowing that when cares arise from unbelief and diffidence, they torture and distract the mind, Knowing that our anxiety makes us unfit for our duties and our service of God,
Knowing that this anxious care would be a heavy burden and a sore temptation...

The Lord gives us Believers the BEST advice, and He supports it with a strong argument: His advice is to cast ALL our care, or ALL care of ourselves, upon HIM...

Humble child of 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 cares for you. He is willing to release you of your care, and take the care of you upon Himself. He will either avert what you fear, or support you under it. He will order all events to you so as shall convince you of his paternal love and tenderness towards you; and all shall be so ordered that no hurt, but good, shall come unto you” (Matthew 6:25, Psalm 84:11, Romans 8:28). “The best remedy against (anxiety) is to cast our care upon God, and resign every event to His wise and gracious determination. A firm belief” in God's control will calm “the spirit of man,” and enable Him to say (with trust and peace), “The will of the Lord be done” (Acts 21:14).

Beloved, I'm praying for you. “Clothe yourselves with humility toward one another,” “HUMBLE yourself under God's mighty hand,” and “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.”

AMEN

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