Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Devotion: Give Your Burdens To God

Scripture tells us to cast our cares upon the Lord and he will sustain or carry them, that being our cares.

“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you” (I Peter 5:6-7).  “Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer (permit) the righteous to be moved (shaken)” (Psalm 55:22).

Basically, when we humble ourselves, yielding ourselves to God’s mighty hand, we can cast our cares upon him and he will exalt or lift us up in due time because he cares so much for us.  When we trust in the Lord to help us and commit everything we do to him, he will do just that, “help us.”

When we delight in the Lord, he will give us the desires of our heart.  All we have to do is just trust him to help us in our time of need.  But instead of casting our cares upon the Lord, we tend to carry them around with us like a badge of honor.  We tend to worry about things that we have little to no control over, especially when it comes to those things that may directly affect or impact our lives.

“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear.  Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing?  Look at the birds.  They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them.  And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?  Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?  And why worry about your clothing?  Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow.  They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are.  And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you.  Why do you have so little faith?  So don’t worry about these things, saying, What will we eat?  What will we drink?  What will we wear?  These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.  Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.  So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries.  Today’s trouble is enough for today” (Matthew 6:25-34 TLB).

Scripture tells us that we should not worry or be over-anxious about the things of this life, but instead, trust in the Lord and cast these things, these cares upon him.  This does not mean that we get a free ride either where we do not have a part to play.  We must first seek the kingdom of God, which means finding the things of God is to be our first priority.  Then we must seek his righteousness, which means we must live righteously according to his commands.  Part of this righteous living includes putting our faith in him (Hebrews 11:6).  You see when we cast your cares upon the Lord, then we are saying that we have faith in him and that we trust in him to provide the things that we need (Philippians 4:19).  But listen to what God says in his word in response to our obedience, “he shall sustain or carry us; he shall never permit us, the righteous, to be shaken; he will exalt us in due time; and he will give us everything we need, all because he cares for us.  Now how awesome is that.

As you read today’s inspirational messages, we pray that this message will be an inspiration to you as well as a blessing and that you will be the better for having read them.  Please share this message so that others may be blessed as well.  Amen.

Enjoy your blessings - KW

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