"Cast All Your Anxiety on God"
1 Peter 5:7 "Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you."
There's no question but that illness of any kind brings with it a degree of anxiety. Normal life is halted; other members of the family are inconvenienced; one's work or activity schedule is interrupted; an operation may be in the offing; the time of the full restoration to health is unknown. Whatever our worries, fears, and doubts, the apostle urges us to gather them together and cast them all on God, our heavenly Father.
Saint Peter cites the reason for placing our burdens on the Lord: "He cares for you." God cared about each one of us before we were born. He continued to be concerned after our birth, keeping and preserving us from harm. In answer to prayer He freely gave us the blessings we needed. Surpassing all these benefits is the greatest gift: Jesus Christ. A greeting card company urges people who care enough to give the very best. God cared enough that He gave the very best: His own Son to be our Savior and Helper.
Keeping this in mind, we can confidently come to our Lord with all our cares and prayers in time of sickness. He will take care of us. He will be with us when we need Him the most.
PRAYER: Lord, Jesus, I am privileged to have You as my friend, for You bore all my sins and griefs. 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: Psalms 143-145 John 18:1-18
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