Cast Your Cares on God
“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you.” (I Peter 5:6-7)
I remember memorizing this verse with my kids when they were quite young. It might have been part of VBS; I have to admit that while I do remember the verse, I don’t remember the occasion. The version we learned was probably from the King James translation: Cast all of your cares upon Him, because He cares for you. I still like that translation. Give God your cares, because God cares.
God cares for us. God cares for me. God cares for us.
Even though we are not meeting together, the church year continues. We start with Advent, continue through Lent and then come to Easter. We celebrate Easter until Pentecost, which will be next Sunday. But an important thing happens in the saga of Jesus: Ascension. The Disciples gathered together after the resurrection, saw Jesus several times, and then Jesus ascended to heaven.
You may remember the line from the Apostle’s Creed. “He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father.” We tend to kind of blow past this event. But take a moment now and pause to think. Jesus is seated at the right hand of the Father.
I saw a funny-but-true thing on Facebook this week to the effect that the Ascension marks the day when Jesus started working from home.
Jesus is at home, and Jesus is working on our behalf. And that means that Jesus is praying for us. So instead of lying awake trying to figure out this COVID19 thing, we can rest in knowing that Jesus is at work for us. Instead of listening to our fears and anxieties, we truly can cast them on God, knowing that at the right time, we will be exalted.
What fear or anxiety can you cast on God today?