But there is a part of humility, as it relates to oar behaviour towards men, called condescension; and this is sometimes represented in Scripture as a disposition not unworthy of the Divine nature. Humility is the great qualification for the reception of knowledge and for entrance into the kingdom of heaven. There is not in our Heavenly Father, in our Blessed Saviour, the faintest infusion of that wretched jealousy of their creatures which old heathenism ascribes to its gods; that wretched jealousy of human power and wisdom, — even of human goodness, which we can trace in ancient classic tragedy. 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.". Let grace be magnified by your grateful heart.1. Your () adversary the devil () prowls around () like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Cyrus played only with those more skilful than himself, lest he should shame them by his victory, that he might learn something of them, and do them civilities.(J. And what is pride? An anxious, a discontented temper of mind, must prove a source of misery, must subject the soul to perpetual uneasiness and pain in all the situations of life. It makes joint effort impracticable, and is the creator of constant discord and misunderstanding. The forbidden care is that which we cannot carry with us to God or cast contentedly into His keeping. Scripture: 1 Peter 1:1–2. Question, but then, may we not give over praying for the lifting up in that case? 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. He who borrows when he knows he cannot pay, he who enters into wild speculations to increase his income, he who does aught that is ungodly in order to turn a penny is not casting his care upon God. GOD'S CARE. Lastly, The lifting up of the humbled will not miss to come in the appointed and due time (Habakkuk 2:3). Then observe, again, that this recognition must be of the hand, from which there is no escape: "the mighty hand of God." Why should we not be as calm as the sailor boy in the wild storm who knew that "his father held the helm"? )Self-abasement and Divine exaltationS. He recognises the relation of younger to elder as a very deep relation, involving duties, calling for subjection. That we renounce all confidence in the creature, and place our trust in God alone. For holiness, or, in other words, conformity to the image of the Saviour, is alone true greatness.(W. No, one is not only to lie down under the mighty hand, but lie still waiting the due time; humbling work is longsome work. The recipe, remember, is found in the next verse. It is to cast care on God. God gives His people some notable liftings up, even in time raising them out of remarkable humbling circumstances. Much about Him it showed men, but first of all it showed them Him. If a man thinks he knows enough already upon any given subject, he is not likely to learn much more. Nay, exalt thy brother, if truth and God's glory need it. 1. A contrary behaviour is prescribed here. He had lost his burden, for he had cast it on his friend. But many an one would like to cast the care on God, and keep the self in his own hand. Lastly, the intercession of Christ, joining the prayers of His humbled people in their humbling circumstances, insures a lifting up for them at length. Every man is bound to care about his life duties, and the claims of his family. But, secondly, there is an exaltation also from the deepest woe and trial into which we can be brought, and of which the Scriptures speak. Never be ashamed of birth, parents, trade, or poverty.2. Religion is the only source from which true comfort can be drawn, and we see her triumphs manifested in the most remarkable manner when the faithful servant of God is overwhelmed with trouble. Consider the exhortation, "Be clothed with humility," as given by the apostle Peter; and it will direct us to a very particular improvement. 2. Your sad countenances hinder souls who are anxious, and they present a ready excuse for souls who are careless. Consider —(a) The doctrines of the Word which teach faith and hope for the time, and the happy issue the exercise of these graces will have. 2. And the first is connected with the last; he that is exalted by the imputed righteousness of Christ, shall eventually be exalted to the throne of glory. That third part which does itself is a very expressive hint as to the needlessness of our fretting about at least one-third of our work, besides giving a little puncture to our self-conceit by showing that, to one-third of our work, we are not quite as necessary as we had thought ourselves. (3) Never humbled in humbling circumstances, never lifted up in the way of this promise. )On solicitudeJohn Main, D. D.Man is made up of soul and body. (1) "God resisteth the proud. 3. (7) A forgetting and laying aside before the Lord all our dignity, whereby we excel others (Revelation 4:10; Luke 18:11). 2. Be a little child, and come and believe in the salvation which is revealed in Jesus Christ. 11:28). There is a "due time." And the burden that we are to cast on the Lord is the burden of the life that now is. All inordinate care about the events of life is offering an affront to the love and goodness which we have formerly experienced, and deeply partakes of the nature of ingratitude to God.3. But it signifies anxiety in the expression: "Ye shall eat bread with care." 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. Anything which is a transgression of God's command is sin, and if there were no other command, the one in our text being broken would involve us in iniquity. We may properly pray, "Lord, send labourers," and with equal propriety we may ask that He who has the silver and the gold may give them for His own work; but after that we must cast our care on God. 4. Casting our cares on God not only implies referring our present and future lot to the unerring disposal of His wisdom, but holding delightful intercourse with Him in the various occurrences of our daily pilgrimage through life.II. The chief reward will be bestowed in the world to come.(S. A word in the general to the lifting up abiding those that humble themselves. His care cannot be quite like ours. Nothing can affect them which does not affect Himself. Infinite goodness inclining to help. Nay, exalt thy brother, if truth and God's glory need it. SOME PLAIN ILLUSTRATION OF THE DUTY HERE ENJOINED.1. By it our minds become docile so that they are prepared to receive every new form of truth. He is good and gracious in His nature (Exodus 34:6-9). Think next of His particular providence over all the saints. It is a grand image — "the mighty hand of God." 1 Peter 4:7-11 Living as a Christian Community in an Unbelieving World. A. 1. Cast your care on Him, He that calleth the stars by their names, and leadeth them out by numbers, by their hosts. There is one motive springing from the words, "the hand of God." Vaughan, M. A.We might have thought that such a command as this was somewhat unnecessary. Yet man is entirely a dependent being. Not anxiety now, but clear, loving, constant interest. In speaking of so great a being as God, adoration may perhaps be the better word, so long as it is understood to be the adoration not of fear but of love — the adoration of desire, of grateful affection, and of fervent praise. The way of salvation is, "Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ." There was no inconsistency between the two. Doubtless there are some minds that never thought of it as possible that any care about their spiritual salvation and the things of religion could be wrong. The precepts of the gospel go directly counter to our depraved nature. As pride consists in having high thoughts of oneself, so humility consists in having low apprehensions of ourselves. Consider(a) We must fall under it. Sober watchfulness, and with it stern conflict. III. Is not that enough?(W. It is a direct fighting against God (Isaiah 45:9). 3. TO ENFORCE the text. This is not Christ's righteousness. But how do we know that He will accept our care? It is a heavy load that is to be cast upon God, and it requires the hand of prayer and the hand of faith to make the transfer. )Humbling of the spirit, in humbling circumstancesObjection 1.Objection 1. There is a root of pride in the hearts of all men on earth, that must be mortified ere they can be meet for heaven. Lastly: from the account which we have given of humility, we may draw this conclusion, that it is not, as the haughty are inclined to imagine, an unmanly and sordid disposition. This trust in Him who careth for us, imparts not only relief from oppression and new power for duty, but leads us into the position most honouring to a creature. Pride is the child of ignorance, humility the offspring of knowledge. It is not every sort of care that we are invited to cast upon God, but only the care of those things which the Christian dare avow in the presence of his Father, and humbly ask of Hint by prayer. Come before God a criminal, in the prison dress, with the rope about your neck. The world says the man who is humbled is the crushed man, the defeated man. They must retain a humbling remembrance of past sins. (2) Being cast down by the mighty hand of God, we must learn to lie quiet under it, till the same hand that cast us down raise us up (Lamentations 3:27). But it is a "little while" comparatively to eternity, and absolute in itself. The trees of the forest are typical of certain characters. 3. This is one, then, of the ways in which Christ rescued and exalted humility. Yield to the hand which smites you. Gentle manners, gentle looks, gentle words ever considerate of other men's feelings, make the true Christian a natural gentleman, and invest him with an intuitive politeness which is but the outgoing of the Divine life within. Our hearts cannot be right with God until we apprehend His majesty and our own meanness — until we realise our entire dependence on Him — until, with humble and imploring faith, we are looking to the Saviour for salvation, and disposed to say, "Lord, I believe, help Thou mine unbelief." Your wisdom is cheerfully to submit.II. He, the Creator, the Governor, became a presence clear and plain before men's hearts. (10) Give up at length with your towering hopes from this world, and confine them to the world to come. 3. They strike at the grain of the heart, and cross the natural inclination. Are we proud of our strength? The next point of humility is that we are conscious of our own incompetence to do anything aright. His sending His Spirit to take possession of your nature, to regenerate and sanctify and enlighten, shows that He desires to exalt you. And how sweet is this! Humility is that chastened emotion which we feel when conscious of our inferiority, our sinfulness, our weakness, our poverty, our helplessness, and our nothingness. Scripture: Isaiah 61:1-3, 1 Peter 5:1-4, Matthew 25:31-40. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. "Every one proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord." Power alone would make me afraid, but it is not the hand of a tyrant — it is the hand of God; my covenant God; my God, who gave His dear Son for me; my God, who has promised to keep and to bless me, and to take me eventually to His kingdom of glory. (7) Believe a kind design of Providence in them towards you. God is concerned for your good, and careth for all your interests.II. (4) Inure yourselves silently to admit mysteries in the conduct of Providence towards you, which you are not able to comprehend, but will adore (Romans 11:33). 3. Amen." What is true in some cases in society is true always of men in relation to God. )Bending without breakingT. Is there not a cause? A young man, for instance, who has lust closed his school life and gone to business, finds himself surrounded by things new and strange. There was a great king who once employed a merchant in his service as an ambassador to foreign courts. "(b) They that are so wise as to fall in humiliation under the mighty hand, be they never so low, the same hand will raise them up again (James 4:10). I will appear for you, and all will be well." Where is the lifting up, if one may go to the grave under the weight? First, EXPOUND the text — "Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you." "My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord." The man naturally bends his force to get off the weight, that he may get up his head, seeking more to please himself than to please his God (Job 35:9, 10). You may tell your griefs to others to gain their sympathy; you may ask friends to help you, and so exercise your humility; but let your requests to man be ever in subordination to your waiting upon God. Nothing but pure and mere mercy can deliver him. 1. — such holiness come down to such vileness?" H. Feel free to copy, print, or share them. And of this resistance consider —(1) The sinfulness, what an evil thing it is. In the first place, humility is becoming to man, because he is A CREATURE. He hopes to devour you by care.I. H. 5. We want humility in our Church life, in the sense of never being rough, haughty, arrogant, hard, domineering, lordly; or, on the other hand, factious, unruly, quarrelsome, and unreasonable.II. Make him chief minister of the State, like Haman: and the proud man has all the enjoyment killed out of his lot by the slighting looks of one unmannerly Jew. You see something of the same kind in ordinary matters. A person conducting his own business must give it attention, or it will cover him with dishonour. He is intent upon exalting you. Vaughan, M. I. HUMILITY BECOMES US AS CREATURES. TO ENFORCE the text. What if you be undeserving! Pray God to break you down with deep penitence. Suppose you could cry your eyes out, will that make a thief honest? This is the 24th and final message. For three years she ministered at that bedside, until the mother died, leaving as her last request that she should go and visit her sick sister in the far west. “Anxiety.” This is the Greek merimna, “care, anxiety, worry.” It is used in both a good sense of “godly concerns,” and in a bad sense of “worry, anxiety.”. Let us, then, cultivate a quality of character which will abide with us through eternity, which will constitute a portion of the bliss of heaven; it will enlarge our happiness on earth, and eminently meeten us for future glory. 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