have for several weeks been studying I Peter, which we have
entitled, The God Of All Suffering. Last week we stepped
into Chapter 5 where the key word is humility. (Vs. 5-6)
We begin our study and desire to conclude this Chapter this week and
have entitled it The Humility Of Suffering.
verses 7-9 we want to look at The Practice For Humility.
In verse 7 we notice Peter mentioning A Casting Practice.
The word care in verse 7 means the doing or action of
anxiety or worry in general. It is not each individual worry but
the whole idea of worrying. We are told to cast it upon
the Lord. This is a once for all action. The word is literally
used of a cast fishing net, which means to throw and let it go. The
activity of worry and anxiety in a once for all action should be
thrown on the Lord and let go. I will be honest with you. I would
love to have a dollar for every time I have thrown it upon the
Lord. The letting it go is a horse of a different color. Why
should we cast our cares upon Him? Peter says because,
careth for you. He desires to concern Himself with the working
out of that which causes us anxiety and worry.
Practice Of Humility there is also The Confident
Practice. Peter tells us to be sober and vigilant.
This speaks of having mental control while being in a military
position of watching and praying. Why should we have this practice?
We are told we have a adversary. It is one who accuses another.
Satan accuses us day and night before the Lord. He desires as a roaring
lion to make a meal of our lives. Peter tells us to resist
him by relying upon the faith. The faith here is
the belief in the facts of what we know to be true about God. I
heard of a dear Preacher friend recently going through the dark hour
of the soul who read the Bible to the devil. Satan doesnt hang
around for Bible reading. What an illustration of resisting
steadfast in the faith.
see in this Chapter, The Perfection From Humility in verses
10-11. In verse 10 we see, The Perfecting Author. He is
God of all grace. If there is any ability from
or move of the divine towards man it is all of grace.
in verse 10 The Perfection Accomplished. It is
accomplished through a divine call. This is not a general call but
an effectual call of the gospel. The Lord in this call not only
extends an invitation to come but gives an irresistible ability to
this call will end in the perfecting work of eternal glory.
This means we who have borne the likeness of the earthly will bear
the likeness of the eternal.
suffering, Peter tells us, will make us perfect. (Rendered
complete, finished) It will stablish us. (A sure,
unmovable standing) It will strengthen us. (A power that
overcomes all adversity) It also will settle us. (A
foundation upon which one is seated)
looking upon the working of the God Of All Suffering in
verse 11, Peter breaks out in a doxology of praise. Let us join him
in saying, as we close this great study, To Him be glory and
dominion for ever and ever. Amen