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"Casting All Our Cares upon God"

January 11, 2003

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1 Peter 5:6-7 "Humble yourselves ... under God's mighty hand .... Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you."

Life has its cares and concerns. Illness, loneliness, grief, financial woes, family problems, and national and international problems.

Saint Peter, writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, has a good word for us today as we struggle with life in the middle of a busy week: "Cast all your anxiety on Him." We are not alone. God sent Jesus, who gives us courage, for He cared enough to go to the cross for us and die for all of our sins. This same Jesus can give us strength as we struggle with life. We can't often control whether or not we lose our job, but in Christ we can decide on other options for our life. We can't control whether or not we get seriously ill, but in Christ we can make a heroic adjustment to our illness. We can be weak, yet -- in Christ -- strong.

Christ is on our side. He gives us power. In moments of doubt and desperation, in moments filled with fear, we can cast all our anxiety upon Jesus. We can thank our great and good God for all of His bountiful blessings, both physical and spiritual. We can look to the mighty hand of God, which holds a multitude of divine gifts for us.

PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, we thank You that we can cast all our anxiety upon You, for You bore all our sins and grief. Amen.

(Taken from "Words of Promise," copyright 1996, Concordia Publishing House (out of print). For information on other devotional materials, call 1-800 325-3040.)

Today's Bible Readings: Job 5-7    Matthew 8:18-34

Change Their World. Change Yours. This changes everything.

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