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Daily Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries

"Christ, My Caretaker"

January 18, 2008

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Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow. Matthew 6:34a (NIV)

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

The salvation story of Jesus Christ reaches around the world. So that the readers of our Daily Devotion may see the power of the Savior on a global scale, we have asked the volunteers of our International Ministry Centers to write our Friday devotions. We pray that the Spirit may touch your day through their words.

In Christ, I remain, His servant and yours,
Kenneth R. Klaus
Speaker of The Lutheran Hour

Every creature in this world is longing for love in the form of caring, safety, and security. We all have the power to love and care for others. But there seems to be a failure in loving and caring, which creates problems like depression, tension, and worry.

It is true that people die every day due to the weighty pressures of sorrow and worry. Our anxieties take us very close to the graveyard. No tablets, pills, or injections can remedy our sorrows completely.

Since worries and anxieties affect the mind and heart, only a person who knows our mind and heart can cure our sorrows.

In our spiritual life, worries make us doubt the love of God and the protection He promised to offer.

Our anxiety can even weaken our faith. What shall we do? Let us turn to the voice of Jesus Christ. He says, “Do not be anxious about tomorrow” (Matthew 6:34). These words urge us to be confident of His gracious caring and loving. We do not know what the future will bring. Only God knows. Therefore, He directs us to think about today rather than tomorrow. We are not to worry about food, clothing, or housing for God knows our needs and will amply supply them.

In his letter to the Philippians, Paul says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (Philippians 4:6).

THE PRAYER: Heavenly Father, take away our worries and fears. Fill us with the comfort of Your Holy Spirit. Amen.

Biography of Author:

Rev. E. Eben Titus has pastored three Lutheran churches during a twenty-five-year ministry in India. In addition to publishing poems, articles, and essays, he has written devotions for twelve years for the Christian Media Centre in Chennai, India.

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Today's Bible Readings: Job 25-27    Matthew 12:24-50

Change Their World. Change Yours. This changes everything.

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