God must have anticipated certain events in the lives of His children that would cause them to become “worry-warts.” Even the most mature Christians today are quick to labor under the burden of anxious and excessive care such as personal concerns, family woes, cares for the present, and cares for the future. The Apostle Peter saw this anxious care as a heavy burden and offered us some wise counsel for dealing with it. Peter’s advice is to cast all our cares upon God.
No matter what our lot in life is, we all have cares.
Caring for our children
Getting them off to school
Making sure the family has clean clothes and a good dinner
Planning dinner! Now there’s something to stress over, right!
Paying the bills
Having a job that enables you to pay the bills
Making sure the car runs
Teaching your children good manners, how to choose good friends, and about drugs, sex and rock & roll. (Help me, Jesus!)
Maintaining your relationship with your spouse
Balancing family and work
Oh… the list is loooooong!
So what do we do about it? Many try to run from their cares while some people try and dump their cares on others. I believe that God never intended for us to live under such pressure. Instead, we are to throw the cares that distract us, wound our bodies and souls, and lay heavy on our hearts, upon the wise and gracious providence of God. You can do that because “he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7) Isn’t that amazing? You and I don’t have to carry the burden of our worries. God is willing to release us from our cares, and take our concerns upon Himself. But how?
We take one specific care, name it and give it to God. Then, trust Him with it. When you’re tempted to take it back, say “No! I gave that care to God. It is not my responsibility. I don’t have to worry about or plan a way to solve it. It’s not mine. It’s Gods.” Then ask Him to give you peace in place of your worry.
You and I can do this because “He cares for you!”
Have you ever felt like no one understood you? I have many, many times. Have you ever felt you were all alone in your pain and worry? Yep. Been there too. Isn’t it funny how Satan tries to make us feel like no one else knows what we’re going through? No one has suffered like me? Remember, he is the father of all lies and fear and doubt come from him. But God knows about you and He cares for you. Isn’t that a comforting thought? God cares for you more than you’ll ever know!
How does He care for you? Read His words: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jere 29:11)
Verse 12: “Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.”
Verse 13: “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”
|If Satan tries to get you to doubt God’s care like he was able to do to Adam and Eve, refuse the lie. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline” (2 Tim 1:7).|
We must discipline ourselves to trust God with our cares. There lies the power to let go of worry and experience the freedom that comes from faith in God.
Our Challenge: Acknowledge God as your Provider. Talk to Him about your burden and place it in His care. When doubt temps you to retrieve it, remember that God is in control; he loves you beyond measure and is working behind the scene on your behalf.
Prayer: Dear Lord, when hard times come, I will not be afraid. I trust in your loving care to provide for my family and me. Take my burden, Lord, and replace my worry with peace. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Discussion Question: Why is it hard to let go of your burdens and trust them to God? (leave your answers in a comment