TODAY'S WORD FOR Thursday, January 09, 2020:
A cause or object of worry or concern; to be concerned; have thought or regard; to make provision.
Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
I Peter 5:7
Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Casting means to throw something onto something or someone. Peter, in the verse we have put above, is reminding Christians that they are to throw all of their discontent, discouragement, despair, and suffering onto the Lord, and then trust Him for knowing what He is doing with their lives.
We want to remind you that submission to God, living a humble life, and putting your complete trust in God are three attitudes necessary for victorious Christian living. It is the cares of the world that keep us from a victorious Christian life.
The best and only lasting way we as parents, grandparents, children, teenagers and young people can ease our cares and anxieties, whether large or small, is to cast our cares upon Jesus. And when you do this have the confidence and assurance that "He cares for you" and wants to help you bear your heavy load of care and worry, not for just a day but each and every day. (Psalm 68:19)
Too many Christians today dishonor their faith and belief in Jesus by always wearing a frown of care on their face because they are burdened by cares and worry. Friends that know someone like this must feel sad for that person. Jesus says, “Cast all your care on me (not some but all).
To continue to carry the burden of stress and worry of your problems by yourself is an indication that you have not trusted God fully with your life. What seems to you to be a crushing burden seems to God to be a little dust.
You need to stand firm in the life-saving power of faith in God against what you consider a sea of trouble, and by doing this, your burdens (cares) will be washed away into the sea. We are reminded in the scripture that God cares enough about the sparrows that fly in the air, that He feeds them. If He does this, how much more does He care for you and me? His eye is fixed on you every moment of every day watching and caring just for you. His heart beats with mercy and concern for you when you are bowed down with despair and worry over your worldly problems. He can bind up your wounds and heal your broken heart if only you would in faith believing cast your care upon Him.
It is time for you to replace the anxiety and stress in your life with faith and trust in the Lord who is faithful to keep His promises. It is time to let go and let God take the reins. This will happen when you place all of your cares with the Lord.
We read in the scripture how Elijah survived the famine of his day (I Kings 17:2-6). He survived because he did what the Lord had told him. He put all of his cares and concerns in the hands of God and let God lead him.
First, God led him to a brook where God sent ravens carrying meat and bread for him. When the brook dried up, God sent Elijah to a widow who had only a little oil and a handful of flour. From this meager supply, God miraculously provided enough oil and flour for them until the famine was over. It never ran out, and He can do the same for you and me. There is no limit to God’s provision. Even when the circumstances seem impossible, if we turn all of our cares over to the Lord, He can do the impossible.
Whatever family concerns that are weighing on you today, God wants you to cast those cares on Him.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Psalm 33:12.
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people He has chosen as His own inheritance.
Help me to learn today to put my complete trust in You and cast all my cares into Your hands. Help me to be able to release the "things" in my life that bog me down daily. Give me blessings in areas of my life that today are troubling me. And most important, as You take my cares, give me a new drive to commit everything I do to You so that my thoughts will be established in You.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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