“Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” I Peter 5:7
I am currently teaching out of the book, Respectable Sins, by Jerry Bridges. I was specifically teaching on worry last Friday night and shared some great verses as to why we should not worry. I referenced a verse in Luke 12:6 which states, “Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings (pennies), and not one of them is forgotten before God?” If God cares about the sparrows, how much more then He cares about us. I was proclaiming that we have no reason to worry because we have a sovereign God who knows all that we are going through, and more than that, He cares about what we are going through. We are not alone in this life, and God gave us this verse in I Peter to remind us of our good God who cares for us.
I have learned it is sometimes far easier to teach something than it is to live it. I was preparing my lesson on worry when God started to work in my heart. Earlier in the week, I started my final college course for my master's degree, an elective in Negotiations, which I thought might be useful at work and also at home with my teenage daughter. I was excited to take this class and sharpen my negotiating skills, but it did not take long for worry to enter my mind.
I looked at the syllabus and was shocked to see a full slate of items that were due the very first week. In most of my other courses, we typically started slow and then worked our way into more assignments, to allow us time to get a feel for the subject and class. My professor for this class did not subscribe to such theories, and placed a full load on us the first week. I began to worry that I was already behind. I panicked and did what I normally do when I panic - I got to work. I worried there was not enough time left in the week to get all of my homework done, and I worried I was going to fail the class out of the gate. I was assigned to a group, and I worried that I would let them down, and I worried they would let me down. I questioned myself and wondered if I should have taken another class that was not so rigorous as the one I had chosen. Worry flooded my mind, and I was not sure if I would make it out of week one.
I was able to get all of my work done with a day to spare, even with all my worry that I would not be able to do it. I preached this verse on Friday night and God reminded me of my own worries that I carried instead of casting them on Him. I know school is not a life-threatening problem as some struggle to eat and drink clean water everyday, but it was a care I had that I should have prayed about. I wrestled with worry all week with my school work and not once did I ask my Father for help, and I did not cast my care upon Him. I am not sure what worries and cares you have today, but rest assured that God that cares for you. Matthew 6:31-32 reminds us, “Therefore take no thought (do not worry), saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.”
What worries are you carrying around that you need to give to God? Are you asking for His help, or do you think you can handle it? Do you realize His is concerned with all facets of your life, even the smallest details? Is your soul noisy with the things of tomorrow, or are you fully resting in a God who cares for you? May we cast all our cares upon Him, and may we never forget that He cares for us.
Stay in the fight!