Daily Devotion

1 Peter 5:7

Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 14 July 2017

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1 Peter 5:7

7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

EXHORTATION:

Christians have great hope of exaltation at Christ’s coming, which is yet future. What about the humbling ordeals in their life on earth? Well, 1 Peter 5:7 avows that God will abide with them as their support in their humbling circumstances. Early Christians suffered much humiliation and debilitating circumstances. Because of their faith in Christ, they suffered loss of family standing, loss of friends, loss of status and respect, loss of their livelihood and, in extreme cases, loss of even their lives. These were real experiences of Christians of Asia Minor in those days. Certainly, many of them also experienced other disappointing and disheartening situations, such as what you and I face in our lives today.

The Greek word for “care” (mérimna) refers to the feeling of anxiety or dread in view of dangers or misfortune that have occurred. Such feelings would have a debilitating effect on our lives. Therefore, Peter urges us to cast our cares on God. We are not to allow our minds to become selfpitying or self-condemning. Whether they be cares caused by trials or by our sins, let us lay all upon our Lord who, in His mercy and love, cares for us. We must not try and handle them on our own. We must place all our cares, whether big or small, in the Lord’s hand, knowing that He cares for us and will manage all our problems according to His eternal power and wisdom. Each time a new burden arises, turn it over to Him in prayer.

Peter himself had full knowledge that the Lord cared for him. Jesus called Peter to follow Him (Matthew 4:18-20), healed his mother-in-law (Mark 1:29-31), gave him a big catch of fish (Luke 5:1-11), sharply rebuked and corrected him (Matthew 16:21-25), helped him pay his tribute or tax (Matthew 17:24-27), rescued him from sinking into the sea and rebuked his “little faith” (Matthew 14:22-33), prayed for the protection of his faith which was under attack by Satan, who had desired to sift him like wheat (Luke 22:31-32), healed the ear of Malchus which he had severed (Luke 22:50-51; John 18:10-11), and also delivered him from prison (Acts 12). Peter had experienced firsthand the goodness of the Lord in such great abundance that he had no qualms in exhorting us to cast all our burdens on the Lord.

The Lord is neither unaware nor unconcerned about what His people are going through. He will support them and help them so that they may serve Him with joy of heart.