Do you believe God cares about you?
I believe wholeheartedly in God’s lovingkindness and promises to be faithful in the lives of His children. However, I sometimes find it challenging to apply the same level of trust to my own life.
1 Peter 5:7 (RSV) Cast all your anxieties on him, for he cares about you.
Thankfully, the Lord knows our natural inclination is to rely on our own abilities and foolishly attempt to control our circumstances. Since Jesus experienced life on Earth in human form, He knows how heavy the burdens of life can be. It is for this reason that he commands His children to “cast” all worries and concerns on Him.
The Original Greek word translated to “cast” in this verse is epiriptō which means to throw upon or to throw something forcefully. Notice this is a verb that requires action and effort on our part. To experience the peace of God, we have to be intentional about what we allow to occupy our minds.
When we chose to put 1 Peter 5:7 into action in our daily faith walk, we are exercising belief in God. This belief is what differentiates Christianity from other religions. All others forms of religion require followers to sacrifice something or perform some type of task to make their god work on their behalf.
As followers of Christ, we are called to be different. When we allow fear and worry to control our lives, we inadvertently say to those around us that we don’t believe God cares for us. Instead of drawing others to Christ, we unconsciously give them reason to doubt God’s goodness and his glory and to remain apart from Him. True humility is shown by our ability to cast our care upon God. It is proud presumption to take things into our own worry and care about things that God has promised to take care of (Matthew 6:31-34).
Charles Spurgeon used the illustration of a man who came to move your furniture, but he carried a huge and heavy backpack of his own. He complains that he finds it difficult to do the job of moving your furniture; would you not suggest that he would find it easier if he laid his own burden aside so that he could carry yours? In the same way, we cannot do God’s work when we are weighed down by our own burdens and worries.
How do we cast our burdens on the Lord? By taking action through consistent prayer and faith. When we pray we are talking to our Heavenly Father. We are expressing our fears and concerns to Him and asking for His help. Prayer is followed by faith, believing God can and WILL help us in our time of need.
Sending peace, love & happiness to all❣️
“I believe that God cares, and cares for me; I believe that he will bring me out of my distress, and make it promote his own glory.” ~ Charles Spurgeon
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