I Peter 5:6
I pray that you slept well last night and that you woke up rested and ready to face a new week. Let me pose a question for you to ponder: Do you know in your mind, heart, and spirit that God is in control—that your life is going according to a divine plan? Sometimes in my life, and I suspect in yours also, that plan of God’s seems hard to figure out. We worry about our job, our finances, our health, our parents, spouse, and/or children. We hold on, with all our might, to those concerns and anxieties as if by worrying we can make the problems go away. Few of us, if we are honest, are good at “casting our cares.” It takes practice.
In the Amplified Bible, each Greek word in the New Testament is given a word-for-word translation to help clarify the true meaning of the passage. See if you see any difference in the above scripture in the Amplified translation. “Casting the whole of your care [all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on him. . .” The phrase that jumps out at me is once and for all. The spiritual discipline of surrender, of giving all our worries to God is difficult for most Christians. Yet, the only alternative to casting our anxieties and cares on God is to decide to keep them.
You have a choice. You can worry and fret and I can assure you, my friend, that you will not experience the joy that God so desires for all of us. Or, trust God once and for all because he cares for you. This week when anxious thoughts creep into your mind, say to yourself, “God loves me” and let the peace and joy of Christ rule in your heart, mind, and spirit.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for loving me. Help me to cast my cares and to feel joy. Amen. Linda