Sunday, September 27, 2020
Casting our problems before Jesus
Casting all your care upon Him,
for He cares for you.
1 Peter 5:7
As you’ve no doubt discovered, becoming a Christian does not make your problems go away. But it does give you an Advocate to whom you can take every concern. The Christians Peter addressed were facing persecution. They did not know whom they could trust; a friend, a neighbor, or even a family member could betray them, resulting in suffering and even death. But Peter had walked with the risen Christ, and he had personally experienced the love that Jesus had for His followers. He knew that Christ was in control, capable of handling every trial and that He wanted to do so as an expression of His love.
Casting our cares is a choice. It means consciously handing over our anxiety to Christ and allowing Him to carry the weight of our problems. At times this is the most difficult part of trusting God! We don’t like turning over the responsibility for our problems. We have been taught that self-reliance is good and praiseworthy. We may even enjoy worrying. Yet if we are to be freed from the burden of our concerns, we must choose to cast them into the strong hands of our Father.
Peter does not distinguish between little cares and big cares. God does not differentiate between problems we should handle on our own and God-sized needs. He asks us to turn them all over to Him. One of our greatest errors is to assume we can deal with something ourselves, only to discover that we really can’t.
God sees you as His frail child, burdened with a load that surpasses your strength. He stands prepared to take your load and to carry it for you. Will you let Him? - Blackaby Experiencing God Day by Day
Life is hard then you die is an oft used phrase. Christians are not immune to problems. Aside from the Jewish people alive today they are the most hated, sought out for death people alive.
Let this not dissuade you from coming to Christ. The reason for that hatred to the point of death is a battle of the ages for the souls of mankind. Satan is a horrible loser and will manipulate whomever and whatever to keep people from finding Salvation in Christ.
You cannot have concepts of good and evil, good and bad, outside of the God of the Bible. Morality exists because of the Bible. Satan has been trying for centuries to convince people otherwise. To convince everyone that it isn't sin it's just the way you were born. That, of all heresies, that God made you a murderer or homosexual. That it's ok with God to live that way.
We again, as Christians, are heading into a resurgence of the Roman Empire. Just as the Bible says would happen. Persecution of the Church is going to happen to this generation.
In Scripture it tells us so that we aren't caught unaware. Scripture also says that we are to in all our ways acknowledge Him and He would make our paths straight.
We need to live for Jesus in what we do and why we do what we do. See Colossians 3. As unto the Lord.
Look at your life and your priorities. Who comes first? What you want or what you know Jesus wants. Do you spend time with Jesus? Do you read your Bible?
Are you seeking what you want or what He wants?
The time to reevaluate is today.
Something to consider is that in all our troubles in life, things only happen suddenly, to us. Not to Jesus. In Christ He is aware of all things that happen to everyone all the time. To me, to you, to the trees outside your home. The birds the worms, the animals everywhere are all under the sight of Jesus. At no point has Jesus ever been surprised by anything.
Us yes, Him, no.
It's ok to bring our troubles to God in prayer. We are supposed to according to Scripture. Why, because He forgot? Hardly. It's for our benefit not for His need to be reminded.
Peace often comes when we let go of what burdens us in prayer. That peace can only be found at the feet of Jesus.
Seek that today. Seek the peace that passes all understanding in Christ Jesus.
It's been promised.