“This is the amazing story of God’s grace. God saves us by His grace and transforms us more and more into the likeness of His Son by His grace. In all our trials and afflictions, He sustains and strengthens us by His grace. He calls us by grace to perform our own unique function within the Body of Christ. Then, again by grace, He gives to each of us the spiritual gifts necessary to fulfill our calling. As we serve Him, He makes that service acceptable to Himself by grace, and then rewards us a hundredfold by grace. -Jerry Bridges”
1. Learn to apply humility in your suffering
v 6 “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you.”
Humility then Exaltation
1 Pet 5:5 “Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
Jesus said it: Matt 23:12 “Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”
“We want gain without pain; we want the resurrection without going through the grave; we want life without experiencing death; we want a crown without going by way of the Cross. But in God's economy, the way up is down.” - Nancy Leigh DeMoss
2. Learn to surrender your worry in your suffering
v.7 casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
Anxiety: Worry. to be apprehensive, have anxiety, be anxious, be (unduly) concerned.
What am I to do with anxiety? “casting it”
Phil 4:6-7 “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Matt 6:33-34 “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”