A Cure for Care
1 Peter 5:5-7
Likewise, you younger, submit yourselves to the elder. Yes, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility…

Very comforting has such an exhortation been to suffering saints in all ages. Possibly Peter had in his mind when he penned it Psalm 4:22. The Jewish Church on many a dark and cloudy day entered into the spirit of our text. Luther, we are told, in the trying times of the Reformation, used to say to Melancthon, "Philip, let us sing the forty-sixth psalm, and let them do their best"; and so they sang in their own German tongue that grand old psalm. Thus they "cast all their care on God." Let us consider this subject of care or anxiety, first, in some of its negative aspects.

1. Christians ought not to make cares for themselves. How many business men, with limited capital and little experience, rush into difficulties.

2. Neither ought Christians to conjure up imaginary troubles, or to anti-date their troubles. How very miserable some people are because of that dreadful tomorrow.

3. 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?"

1. So far as many are concerned, the text might just as well have read, "Cast none of you your care on God, for God does not care for you." So far as even many professing Christians are concerned, the text might have run thus: "Casting your great cares upon God, and so far as daily cares are concerned, do the best you can to bear them." So far as the burden of sin is concerned, the believing, trusting soul says, "Thank God all is well. I have realised that my blessed Saviour 'bore the huge burden away'; but it is the little cares of every day life." Yes, these little cares and daily worries bring the careworn look, and leave behind the wrinkles. Now, here in this text we have God's own remedy, for, observe, it is not "some of your cares," or "your great cares," but "all your care."

2. Observe the blessed assurance here given, for "He careth for you."

(W. Halliday.)

Parallel Verses
KJV: Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.

WEB: Likewise, you younger ones, be subject to the elder. Yes, all of you clothe yourselves with humility, to subject yourselves to one another; for "God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble."

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