November 12th 2009

The Cares And Worries Of The Day

“…Casting all your care upon him for he cares for you.”

I Peter 5:7 (NKJV) 

Doesn’t life sometimes just feel like an ordeal?  As we bounce from one problem to another it is easy to lose hope and sink into despair.  When will all these difficulties finally be behind us?  We would be forgiven for drifting into this frame of mind on occasion.  It reminds me of the man told to cheer up, things could be worse.  So he cheered up, and sure enough things got worse.  

 But cheer up – help is at hand!! 

We have to face the fact that life is not a bowl of cherries.  It is often hard, and sometimes it seems there is no hope of improvement.  But the truth is God is there with us.  What’s more he wants to share our burden.  He knows what our troubles are but he wants us to look to him for the strength that we need to get through. 

It is in times like these that we need to turn to God for that help.           

The apostle Paul suffered many things on account of the gospel.  But he saw it as a means to declare the gospel – as a kind of witness to the power of God.  Listen to him: 

 “We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed – always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.” (II Corinthians 4: 8-10) 

Paul took life as it came but saw in it a chance to display the gospel by the way he reacted to it.  No doubt he was comforted by the promise he had shared with the church at Corinth. 

 “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you will be able to bear it.” (I Corinthians 10:13) 

God is always right there waiting to help with the cares of life, large and small, near or far.  Let’s take him at his word and cast those cares upon him, for he cares for you. 

Prayer

Father in Heaven, give me the confidence to rely on your presence in my life, to bear the burdens of the day, and provide me with the ability to face them in such a way that the glory of the gospel is revealed.

Amen 

Study by David Stirk 

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