Casting our CaresBack to Today's Devotional
1 Peter 5:7
Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you.
—1 Peter 5:7, NLT
This is probably one of the shortest verses in the Bible, packed with a huge impact for our everyday life. At first glance it may make you think: Wouldn’t that be nice? All I must do is give it to God and my troubles will be gone!
Well, not exactly. But the tighter I hold on to my worries, the more my anxiety grows. I like to figure out the answers myself, but that only makes my mind fly in all directions. Sometimes I think I need to help God. I often say, “I know You have this under control Lord, but could You just hurry it up a little?” Mostly I need to listen, be patient, and trust God to work things out in His perfect timing.
I once read a piece of advice that I need to follow: Don’t run out in front of God. He doesn’t need your help. God is good, He is in control, and He can be trusted.
When I try to carry my own burdens, it shows that I have not trusted God with my life. It takes humility to recognize that I can’t do it all, and that God cares about me and my worries. Sometimes I may even have to let others in God’s family help me.
As my husband was nearing the end of his life, he told me that one of the hardest things about dying was realizing that he had to accept the offers his friends made to help him. You see, he was a very strong man, and could fix almost anything. He was also blessed with the gift of teaching and wisdom. He was the go-to man. I will never forget the sad day when he handed me his beloved Bible and said, ‘I can’t read it anymore.’
Thomas Baird wrote the following poem:
It is His will that I should cast
My care on Him each day.
He also bids me not to cast
My confidence away.
But oh! How foolishly I act,
When taken unaware,
I cast away my confidence
And carry all my care.
Oh! That sounds like me. How about you? I need to remember daily to submit to the Lord. He controls the circumstances. His timing is perfect.
Questions for reflection and discussion: Have you fully trusted God with your cares? If so, do you try to help Him?
This week’s devotions were written by Donna Melby. Donna is the author of many short stories and articles, and has been a member of Wheaton Bible Church for three years. A widow with six children and fourteen grandchildren, her favorite verse is 3 John, verse 4, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.”