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"The Care-Less Life"

August 16, 2003

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In vain you rise up early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat -- for He grants sleep to those He loves. Psalm 127:2

One of the secrets of living the Christian life is learning how to live care-lessly, that is, to live without care, without anxiety, without fear. Such care-less living is precisely what God wants to give us, not because He is careless but because He is so care-full.

Life filled with cares is so hectic. Everywhere there seems to be something that just must be done. "There are not enough hours in the day," we fret. "I'll get up an extra hour earlier; I'll go to bed later," we say. But the worries of life don't become fewer. For all our care about life, we only work ourselves into a tizzy.

But God wants to give us a care-less life, one free from the anxieties that contribute to our stress-induced illnesses. "In vain you rise up early ... for He grants sleep to those He loves."

Yes, even when we are sleeping, God is careful to give us what we need. The child of God can be care-less because God is care-full. We are His beloved, after all. And He has given us what we need most of all: forgiveness and love in our Savior Jesus Christ, even when we get all caught up in the cares and concerns of this life.

PRAYER: Dear Father, help me to live free of excessive cares. Amen.

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

Today's Bible Readings: 1 Chronicles 16    Psalms 42,44    1 Corinthians 10:1-18

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