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…
I. CONSIDER THE NATURE OF THE DUTY HERE REQUIRED, WHICH IS TO CAST OUR CARE UPON GOD.
1. 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. Casting our care upon God implies that we should refer the issue of things to His providence, which is continually vigilant over us and knows how to dispose all things to the best.
II. THE ARGUMENT WHICH THE APOSTLE HERE USETH TO PERSUADE US TO THIS DUTY of casting all our care upon God, because it is He that eateth for us.
1. That God taketh care of us, implies in general that the providence of God governs the world and concerns itself in the affairs of men and disposeth of all events that happen to us.
2. The providence of God is more peculiarly concerned for good men, and He takes a more particular and especial care of them. And this David limits in a more particular manner to good men: "Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and He will sustain thee; He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved."
III. Let us now see OF WHAT FORCE THIS CONSIDERATION IS, TO PERSUADE TO THE DUTY ENJOINED.
1. Because if God cares for us, our concernments are in the best and safest hands, and where we should desire to have them; infinitely safer than under any care and conduct of our own.
2. Because all our anxiety and care will do us no good; on the contrary, it will certainly do us hurt.
Parallel VersesKJV: 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."