Vaughan, M. A.We might have thought that such a command as this was somewhat unnecessary. But for this right state of mind many substitute a state made up of doubt and terror. (4) Humility of spirit in humbling circumstances ascertains a lifting up out of them some time with the goodwill and favour of Heaven (Luke 18:14). Pray God to break you down with deep penitence. = male) suggests the idea of attempting to remove a void, the problem of personal emptiness, but this is something which only God can fill. Habakkuk 2:4-5. He puts them on for state occasions. But, secondly, BEING CLOTHED WITH HUMILITY MEANS THAT, BEING GIRT WITH THIS VESTURE OF SERVITUDE, WE ARE ALWAYS TO BE READY FOR SERVICE. A second suggestion I may offer is, that we should think most of all of Christ, and of pleasing Him. Do you want to hear the bitterest sorrow that ever wrung this human heart? Now humility will moderate our estimate of what we know; it will teach us that literary distinction arises far more from adventitious circumstances, over which we have no control, than from any native superiority of mind; and that many of those whom the providence of God has precluded from the cultivation of their minds would, with equal advantages as ourselves possessed, have far outstripped us in the acquisition of knowledge. A young lady had consecrated herself to the work of missions, and was about to go to India. The culprits are disputing which shall be the greatest at the very instant when their sentence of condemnation is issuing from the lips of their Judge! Submission is rewarded in the present world. If we be duly humbled, we will wonder He has laid us no lower (Ezra 9:13). "The hand of God, the mighty hand." A decision given against him meant ruin. In the third place, man should be humble because he is A SINFUL BEING. Fifteen years she devoted to her young charge; and, in her forty-fifth year, God showed her why He had held her back from India, as she laid her hand in blessing on the heads of three of them ere they sailed as missionaries to the same land whither, twenty years before, she had proposed to go. From praise and trust combined there will arise also implicit obedience. Tomorrow is in God’s hands. I. "If Shimei curse, let him curse, for God hath sent him." Do not be so vain as to dictate to God how you ought to be saved. How, then, are we to cast all our care upon God? That after all prudent care and diligence have been used by us, we should not be farther solicitous about the event of things which, when we have done all we can, will be out of our power.2. We want what we think we need right now, and in our impatience we turn to our own schemes to get it. (Hebrews 12:2). II. There is a twofold lifting up. There can be no fretfulness in it, and no sort of fear and despair.1. 2. And therefore His power is a spring of comfort to them (Romans 14:4). Infinite power, that can do all things. Then, next, accept God's mercy in His own way. THE DISEASE OF CARE.1. (1) Assure yourselves that there are no circumstances so humbling that you are in, but you may get your heart acceptably brought down to them (1 Corinthians 10:13; 2 Corinthians 12:9). Humility presents no such obstacle. There was a great king who once employed a merchant in his service as an ambassador to foreign courts. It is the overlooking our sinfulness that suffers the proud heart to swell. The character of the persons to whom this exhortation is addressed doth likewise serve to limit the extent of the duty. (b) The promises of the Word whereby Heaven is expressly engaged for a lifting up to those that humble themselves in humbling circumstances (James 4:10; Matthew 23:12). "The hand of God, the mighty hand." )What to do with careC. Read on a little farther in this same chapter, and you find that thought again: "The God of all grace, who hath called us unto His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you." The Mysterious Witness of Submission and Suffering: 1 Peter 2–3. The expression in our text, "humble yourselves," seems to imply three things; consciousness of a necessity for the trial, patience under the pressure of it, and a believing expectation of deliverance.III. 2. General directions. In speaking of so great a being as God, adoration may perhaps be the better word, so long as it is understood to be the adoration not of fear but of love — the adoration of desire, of grateful affection, and of fervent praise. Indeed, what fellow creatures can we find who have not enough of their own to bear? The pride tended to the failure, no doubt: but where other disqualifications rendered success impossible, the self-conceit alleviated the mortification of failure. In the process they develop an insatiable appetite for the details of life which never truly fill their emptiness. Lastly, a submitting readily to the meanest offices requisite in or agreeable to our circumstances. To him be the power for ever and ever. You know how a schoolmaster will sometimes shut himself up with a dull pupil, and hold him down to a problem. 10:23). Let His universal providence cheer you. )The mighty hand of GodJ. Lastly, there must be a noticing of God, as our party, in humbling circumstances. The flesh represents man’s attempt to find security, significance, peace, and satisfaction, and purpose apart from God, or at least apart from total dependence on Him. (b) The promises of the Word whereby Heaven is expressly engaged for a lifting up to those that humble themselves in humbling circumstances (James 4:10; Matthew 23:12). I am a lawyer, and practise at the courts, and I have had just such cases as yours. 1 Peter 5:1-5 Humble Leaders and Members in the Church. His love for you involves this. "But," you say, "I cannot understand it." Lastly, observe the providence of God at length throwing down wicked men, however long they stand and prosper (Psalm 37:35, 36). The birches were bent to the earth, to be sure, but the statelier trees were broken and maimed, and sometimes rent in two, by the burden of the ice. First, a general view of this point. Casting our cares on God not only implies referring our present and future lot to the unerring disposal of His wisdom, but holding delightful intercourse with Him in the various occurrences of our daily pilgrimage through life. (2)It consists more in feeling than saying.Lessons:1. This is not Christ's righteousness. What makes the constant increase of our lunatic asylums; why is it that in almost every country in England new asylums have to be erected, wing after wing being added to these buildings in which the imbecile and the raving are confined? Yet all history bears witness to the fact that times of national suffering, of famine, or plague, have been times of extraordinary wickedness: for "the sorrow of the world worketh death." I know, O LORD, that a man’s way is not in himself; Nor is it in a man who walks to direct his steps. It is that same Christian saint penitent for his sin. De Witt Talmage. After seeing the beauty of the farm, the preacher commented, “You and the Lord certainly have a beautiful farm here.” To this the farmer replied, “Yea, but you should have seen it when the Lord had it all by Himself.”. So God Sometimes shuts a man up with himself and his own helplessness. This is what Pharaoh did and Ahaz. It is connected with thought, feeling, purpose, plan, intention, wisdom.2. Nothing can affect them which does not affect Himself. Some have obtained their full share of human help by much begging from their fellow Christians; but it is a nobler thing to make known your requests unto God; and somehow those who beg only of God are wondrously sustained where others fail. 2. The first is an exaltation in the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ. All inordinate care about the events of life is offering an affront to the love and goodness which we have formerly experienced, and deeply partakes of the nature of ingratitude to God.3. 1. See, He has called us to be His sons, will He starve His children? Certain courses of action are the very reverse of casting all your care upon God, and one is indifference. MAN'S CARE. Many motives might be suggested. Men in their humbling circumstances overlook God; they fix their eyes on the creature instrument, and, instead of humility, their hearts rise. I see His "mighty hand" in creation, forming the beautiful world in which I live; and in providence I see that same hand regulating every event in the universe. Grace is free. I see where the point of difficulty in your case is, and I have no doubt we shall be able to get you through all right. Spurgeon. Henceforth let us leave worldlings to fret over the cares of this life; as for us, let our conversation be in heaven, and let us be anxious only to end anxiety by a childlike confidence in God. In our consumer-oriented society, we tend to treat God much like a vending machine in which we drop a coin and choose what we want to satisfy our hunger as we perceive it. Neither ought we to be careless in reference to the future.Approaching the positive aspect of our subject, and taking it for granted that men are not making cares for themselves, the question presses upon us, "Is there a remedy for care? Take no thought for the morrow as tomorrow, as something lying outside of our control, held by God's hand for purposes of His own. Because God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble, we should humble ourselves. Obj. Let grace be magnified by your grateful heart.1. For God resists such, humbles them in various ways. And persecution, which was then active, might easily awaken a feeling of resentment or disdain. (2) The providence of God, viewed in its stated methods of procedure with its objects, insures it. Casting care upon God is the very reverse of recklessness and inconsiderateness. We may cast our anxiety, but not our work, on Him. Peter says, "Humble yourself!" Regardless of how sovereign men may feel or how much power they may wield, they do not control their own destiny because all are under the sovereign rule of God. This virtue is enforced by the conduct of our Lord. 2. Imagine what it would be like ", (5) An enemy whom others have contended with and conquered. God does not hold out His arms to our burdens unconditionally; He is willing to take the burden on His hand, if we ourselves will come and stay under His hand, not otherwise. And then there is exaltation to the throne of glory. An unreserved resignation of our lot to the disposal of that God and Saviour on whom our hopes for eternity are placed.4. In the phrase, “the mighty hand of God,” “mighty” is the Greek word, krataios. Christ makes us humble by showing us our design. M. 3. Neither ought Christians to conjure up imaginary troubles, or to anti-date their troubles. TO OFFER SOME ARGUMENTS TO ENFORCE THIS PRECEPT.1. Birrell. Question, but then, may we not give over praying for the lifting up in that case? Halliday. If we let our spirit fall, we will lie always among folks' feet, and they will trample on us. A Sermon on 1 Peter 1:6-7 In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result … 1 Peter 5:6(ESV) Verse Thoughts Having given instruction to the older believers Peter turns his attention to advising to the younger generation, when he instructs them to be subject to those that are older in the faith, and to clothe yourselves with humility toward one another. But, then, this recognition must be of the hand of God, "the mighty hand of God." He is dependent for life, health, and all temporal things. All his springs are in God. There is a danger of making him less true, of alienating him from truth, through our desire to attach him to ourselves. The tradesman poured out to his friend all the story of his troubles; and then that friend said, "Don't you trouble any more about it. "Every one proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord." We are required to be still, silent. The Greek word for “life” is. Their comforts are withdrawn. Lastly, due preparation of the heart for the lifting up out of the humbling circumstances, goes before the due time of that lifting up according to the promise. From how many mental and other evils does it save its subjects. There is a "due time." Lastly, consider it is a mighty hand that is at work with us; the hand of the mighty God; let us then bend our spirits towards a compliance with it, and not wrestle against it. A heart-satisfying answer of these prayers, so as they shall not only get the thing, but see they have it as an answer of prayer; and they will put a double value on the mercy (1 Samuel 2:1).4. We have a world without us, a world within us, and a world before us, where our responsibility is accompanied at every step with care.1. Next, cast all your cares on God, because you will have matters enough to think of even then. What if you be undeserving! This was signified by the forty years the Israelites had in the wilderness (Deuteronomy 8:2; Hebrews 12:2). 2. From the very beginning of the church Christians were persecuted for their faith in Jesus. The reason why men are not humble is, that they do not see the greatness of God. Unless each man cherishes it toward every other man; unless he feels that there is a grandeur and awfulness in the fellow creature who is not distinguished from him by any external signs of superiority at all, who has all the external signs of inferiority — unless he feels that there is (the word is a strong one, but it is St. Peter's and we cannot change it) a subjection due to every such man, that a positive deference is to be paid him — he will not keep alive the other kind of respect, it will assuredly perish. J. Whatever the pride of man may suggest, "we are all gone out of the way, we are altogether become filthy, there is none that doeth good, no not one." How shall we at once have care and cast care away? It is affirmed in many places of Scripture, that humility secures to us the favour of God, and will bring down His blessing upon ourselves and our undertakings. While impelled by a conscientious desire to do right and well, he is in the line which conducts to success; but if he allows a harsh word to discourage him, or a failure or two to throw him into despair, he passes into a state of mind presenting the greatest obstacles to progress. Pray God to break you down with deep penitence. (6) Settle it in your heart that there is need of all the humbling circumstances you are put in (1 Peter 1:6). Question, but then, may we not give over praying for the lifting up in that case? We are required to be still, silent. It is a burden, and it has also a sting. All immoderate care is highly criminal and impious in its nature. 1. But for this right state of mind many substitute a state made up of doubt and terror. Every man is bound to care about his life duties, and the claims of his family. J. Davis.1. Yet it is very simple; no hidden meaning lies in the words; you are simply bidden to trust Jesus. (2) “Under the mighty hand of God” also stresses who God is. (3) Observe the providence of God towards the Church in all ages. 4. This trust in Him who careth for us, imparts not only relief from oppression and new power for duty, but leads us into the position most honouring to a creature. Here, again, we must take the side turned towards God first; otherwise we shall be out of order. 2. (2) These circumstances prove pressing as a weight on the heart, tending to bear it down (Psalm 107:12). And then let the thought of His special love to you be the very essence of your comfort. Were it not for the restraining grace of God, there is no length of repining which we should not run. Now this is forsaking the fountain to go to the broken cisterns, a crime which was laid against Israel of old, a wrath provoking iniquity. The geese expressed their willingness to do so, but were at a complete loss as to a means of conveying the frog. "Whom he may devour. Remark the language of the text; "Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God"; it is not enough that we be humbled, in a worldly sense, by the stroke of misfortune; that is a consequence, which may of necessity ensue: the loss of possession may drive us into needy solitude; the loss of health destroy our energy and activity; the loss of reputation bring us to shame; the loss of friends oblige us to mourn, from the very feelings of nature; but all this while there may be no humility of heart.(J. Again her face was turned eastward, when the sister's husband died, and five little orphans had no soul on earth to care for them but herself. Is there not a cause? He says he would have the disciples "without carefulness"; yet there is plainly a limit to this recommendation, for he exhorts them to "be careful to maintain good works," and takes upon himself the "care of the churches." O, how we need to learn to wait on the Lord. (1) The nature of God, duly considered, insures it (Psalm 103:8, 9). The precepts of the gospel go directly counter to our depraved nature. You know how a schoolmaster will sometimes shut himself up with a dull pupil, and hold him down to a problem. Grace has called him back to that Sovereign from whom he had revolted. ", I. What are these humbling circumstances the mighty hand brings them into? Believe in a universal providence, the Lord cares for ants and angels, for worms and for worlds; he cares for cherubim and for sparrows, for seraphim and for insects. It is a direct fighting against God (Isaiah 45:9). Consider(a) We must fall under it. Christian Work and Christian Rest. If your anxiety is only about your salvation as a selfish and exclusive thing, it is earthly care, and needs to be cast off.(Bp. “Humble and Vigilant” from 1 Peter 5:6-11. Another anxiety of a personal kind which is very natural, and indeed very proper if it be not carried to excess, is the care of your children. Let not the old neglect this spirit of humility. Our anxiety and God's care are two very different things. Open with me this morning to the book of 1 Peter 5:6-11. Infinite wisdom that does nothing in vain, and therefore will not needlessly keep one in humbling circumstances (Lamentations 3:32, 33). Accept the heavenly order. But over and above this, there is a largo amount of anxiety which is unnecessary, useless, injurious. We must be lower, and God must be higher. H. It is our duty to be attentive; and it is equally our duty to avoid anxiety. 3. 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