Written by, Robert Leighton (1611-1684).
“Humble yourselves, therefore,
under the mighty hand of God
so that at the proper time
he may exalt you,
casting all your anxieties on him,
because he cares for you.”
–1 Peter 5:6-7 (ESV)
Cast thy burden upon the Lord. Hand it over, heave it upon him…
…and he shall sustain you, shall bear both, if you trust him with both; both you and your burden. He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. The children of God have the only sweet life; the world thinks not so, rather looks on them as poor, discontented, lowering creatures but they see not what an uncaring, truly secure life they are called to.
While others are in turmoil and wrestling each with his projects and burdens for himself, and at length crushed and sinking under them, (for that is the end of all that do for themselves) the child of God goes free from the pressure of all that concerns him; for it is laid over on his God. If he use his advantage, he is not racked with musings, Oh! what will become of this and that but goes on in the strength of God as he may; offers up poor, but sincere endeavors to God, and is sure of one thing, all shall be well.
He lays his affairs and himself on God, and so has no pressing care; no care but the care of love how to please, how to honor, his Lord; and in this he depends on him both for skill and strength and, touching the success of things, leaves that as none of his, to be burdened with; casts it on God, and he cares for it. They need not both care, his care alone is sufficient; hence peace, inconceivable peace. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds, through Jesus Christ (Philippians 4:6).
Truly, the Godly are much in the wrong to themselves, by not improving this their privilege. They too often forget this their sweet way, and fret themselves to no purpose; wrestle with their burdens themselves, and do not entirely and freely roll them over on God. They are surcharged with them, and he calls for them, and yet they will not give them to him. They think to spare him, but indeed in this they disobey, and dishonor, and so grieve him; and they find the grief return on them, and yet cannot learn to be wise. Why deal we thus with our God, and with our souls, grieving both at once? Let it never be, that for any outward thing you perplex yourself, and entangle thy thoughts, as in thickets, with the cares of this life. Oh! how unsuitable are these to a child of God and your peace, that gives God, for whom a life so far more excellent is provided! Hath he prepared a kingdom for you, and will he not bestow your charges in the way to it?
Taken and adapted from, The Whole Works of Robert Leighton (Commentary on 1 Peter), D. D. Archbishop of Glasgow. To which is Prefixed, A Life of the Author, by James Aikman, Esq. A New Edition, Complete in One Volume. Edinburgh: Thomas Nelson and Peter Brown. 1832, pp. 292-294.