Lesson 43—The Blessing of God’s Care
Scripture: I Peter 5:6-7
Lesson Goal: Finding strength through surrender.
A timeless truth found throughout the pages of Scripture is that God demonstrates His ability to humble the proud and to lift up the humble. Please read Luke 14:11.
(Verse 6) “therefore”
Based upon the proceeding words “humble yourselves,” notice “humble yourself” is not in question form, nor is it in mere suggestive form, but rather it is an imperative. As Peter writes, could he be remembering Jesus’ words as He taught on this subject? Please read Matthew 23:1-12.
Peter instructs the true believer to humble himself, to realize and recognize his position under God. We are told that we are “to humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God.” If we researched “hand of God” in the Old Testament, we could draw two very basic conclusions. “God’s hand” represents
1) the discipline of God (read Exodus 3:20, Job 30:21, Psalm 32:4)
2) the deliverance of God (read Deuteronomy 9:26, Ezekiel 20:34).
Humbling ourselves before Him means that we recognize and understand that we are surrendering our lives to Him. In surrendering, we no longer position ourselves in control but completely yield our lives to Him in absolute surrender. He is in control. We are to humble ourselves under God’s mighty hand, knowing that God is in control and that His power is at work. These words were especially encouraging for Peter’s readers, as they faced the trials of opposition and persecution. No matter how strong the persecution or hardship, there is the hope and promise, based upon the mighty power of God, that He will lift you up.
(Verse 7) “casting all your care upon Him”
Casting means to throw something upon something, as a saddle is thrown on a horse. The word for “casting” also means “leave.” We are instructed to leave (give) the cares, worries, and anxiousness of life to Him. You can rest all your anxieties on Him.
➢ How important would this fact be for Peter’s readers? Why?
➢ How important is this fact for you today? Why?
Notice in verse seven “all” or “every.”
➢ What does the word “all” mean concerning your own personal worries and anxieties?
Take a moment and prayerfully write all your cares (worries, anxieties) below.
Now write the word ALL. This is how many Jesus will help you with.
(Verse 7) Why would Jesus do this for us?
“For He cares for you.” The verb “cares” means concern, sustain, guard, guide, to be near. Please read Matthew 6:25-34.
➢ What does it mean to you that God cares for you?
➢ Will you please write about a time when you witnessed and understood His caring power in your own life?
➢ How did He care for you?
The great truth is that in God’s care there is God’s wonderful provision. He provides what we need, when we need it, just as we need it.