Wednesday, May 28, 2014

No cares

TODAY’S SPECIAL: I Peter 4:12-5:11

TO CHEW ON: “Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7

It’s Wednesday. We're right in the middle of the cares of life – that sticky situation at work, that issue with our child’s teacher, looming commitments, deadlines, and due dates.

[care: merimna (mer-im-nah) – from meiro: “to divide,” and noos: “the mind.” It denotes distractions, anxieties, burdens and worries. Merimna means to be anxious beforehand about daily life. (“Word Wealth” The Spirit-Filled Life Bible – p. 1769)]

In today’s verse we’re told to cast those things on Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 puts it another way. I love it in the Amplified:

6 Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.
7And God's peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. - Philippians 4:6-7 AMP
So, what to do if your mind is buzzing with anxieties and cares?
  • “Cast” those concerns on God. Imagine you are carrying them in a backpack. Take off that backpack and give it to Jesus in prayer, thanking Him for the answer/solution He will send.
  • Now let peace flood your whole being as you grasp tightly onto His promise: “He cares for you.”

PRAYER: Dear God, I give You my cares of ____ (name them) today. I choose to leave them with you in exchange for the peace of living in Your care. Thank You for your second-by-second care for me. Amen.

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