1 Peter 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he cares for you.
Psalm 55:22 Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.
As humans, we face worries every day. Sometimes we have questions in our hearts: Does God really care about me? Is he concerned about my earthly situation? Is he touched by what I am going through?
Most of our cares and burdens are legitimate. They come from desires for better experience in our earthly conditions, and there is nothing wrong with those desires and expectations.
In his love for humanity, God has made provision in nature for the sustenance of physical life. In Psalm 115:16, scripture says, “The heavens belong to the LORD, but he has given the earth to all humanity.”
In a similar vein, our Lord Jesus taught that God makes his sun to shine both on the righteous and on the wicked (Matthew 5:45). He provides for the birds of the air and nourishes the flowers of the field! Much more, he cares about you (Matthew 6:25-24; Luke 12:6-7). And every now and then, he intervenes in our natural affairs to come to our help, as a demonstration of his love towards us.
Yet, beyond these, he has made a promise of his ever-abiding presence (Hebrews 13:5). But this promise, though available to all, can only be experienced by those who are in him. God’s ever-abiding presence with us and in us is a demonstration of his care for us. Thus, while we are going through life journey and experiences, we are empowered and comforted in the knowledge that God will never abandon us, no matter what.
Isaiah 43:2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you.
Isaiah 49:15-16 “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved [carved] you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.
This depth of care and commitment by God as we see in scriptures above is exclusively experienced by his children, just as children would have certain level of exclusive access and privileges with their earthly parents. God’s presence in the believer is the Father’s care for his children.
This supernatural comfort, this quality of life, this reality, his ever-abiding presence and care is only found in Christ.
So as God’s children, what do we do with our cares, burdens, and afflictions?
We do as we are instructed in our opening scripture passages; casting all our cares upon God (Psalm 55:22; 1 Peter 5:7).
James 5:13 Is any among you afflicted? let him pray.
Philippians 4:6-7 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 passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Mark 11:24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
To pray in worry and doubt is a waste of prayer. Worry is expressing faith in your fears. You cannot be in worry and in faith at the same time.
James 1:6-8 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. 7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. 8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
1 John 5:14-15 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: 15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.
Father, I thank you for the gift of life you have offered me. I thank you for the promise of your ever abiding presence. I believe in my heart, and I confess with my mouth, that Christ died for my sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures. I receive the life of God. I am saved. I rest in the knowledge that you care about me, and that your ever-abiding presence is my reality today and forever more. Amen.
So encouraging, inspiring and comforting. Thank you sir for sharing this knowledge.