Pastor's Desk - Mar 2018

Casting all your cares upon Him

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Dearly beloved in Christ,

Greetings in the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

 Are you worried about anything or many things?  As human beings, it is quite natural that we worry about many things; mostly about things which are not in our control.  There are many things which are either difficult for us to handle or may seem impossible for us to achieve.  We may give a try at difficult things, but for impossible things we have no other alternative, but to seek God’s help.  The Bible however, teaches us to trust in God and seek His help always so that we will have no reason to worry.

“Cast all your care upon Him, for He cares for you”. (1 Pet. 5:7) There are many such promises in the Bible.  But we keep on worrying about many things.  Our worries show that we do not trust in God. If we trust Him, we can live at peace amid all our problems. God says ‘cast your entire burden on me.’ Once we cast our cares on God, it becomes His responsibility to care for us.  His shoulders are more than strong enough to carry all our burdens.  God is able and willing to carry your entire burden, but He can help us only if we cast them on Him. Once we cast our burden on His shoulders, we need not worry about it anymore. That is real faith. Faith means trusting in God’s promises. George Muller said, “The beginning of anxiety is the end of faith, and the beginning of true faith is the end of anxiety.”

Jesus gives a sermon on how can we be free from anxiety. (Matt. 6:25-34) We are more often worried about our physical needs.  We are more worried about our body rather than our soul; as to what shall we eat and what shall we wear! In this sermon we learn some very important lessons. Jesus is asking, ‘Is not life more important than food; and is not the body more important than clothes?’ He is trying to assure us that God who gave us life knows that we need food to sustain it; and the God who gave us the body knows that we need clothes to wear.  He is also asking us to look at the birds of the air to see how God provides them. They are not worried about their future. If “your Heavenly Father” is concerned about these birds, how much more He is concerned about you?  Therefore, do not worry about anything, but trust in God who is able to help you!  God is bigger than all your problems.

Jesus told Martha “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed…” (Luke 10:41) Mary chose that one thing. That one thing was to sit at the feet of Jesus. God is asking you today to forget about all your problems and sit at His feet.  This will set you free from all anxieties and you will enjoy peace that Jesus provides.

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” (Phil. 4:6) Do not entertain the anxious thoughts which the devil might bring into your mind. Rather make your requests known to God with thanksgiving and be at peace.  Prayer is talking to God.  Talk to God about your problems. Focus on God’s blessings rather than on the problems.  Thank God for the answered prayers and it will give you confidence to trust in His faithfulness.

When Peter began to sink, he cried out “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. (Matt. 14:30-31) When you call out for help, your help will certainly come, and it will come in time, so do not be afraid, but trust in Him who is able to help you.  God knows your situation and He is willing to help you, if you call on him. “When the righteous cry out, the LORD hears them; he delivers from all their troubles.” (Psa.34:17)

David was amazed at the fact that God, the creator of the heavens and the earth cares for a wretched sinful man.  He says “What is man that you are mindful of him, son of man that you care for him.”(Psa.8:4) It is quite encouraging and comforting to know that though we are weak and sinful, God cares for us.  If you think that you have gone away from God and He will not hear you, it is a lie of the devil. God, who heard the cry of Hagar, is only a cry away.  He will come near to you and help you. “Come near to God and he will come near to you.” (James 4:8) If you come to God in repentance, He will cleanse you from all your sins. The more you become like Jesus, He will graciously draw near to you. There is no partiality with God.

When we go through difficult situations, we may experience anxiety.  However, God wants us to be free from all anxiety.  The very thought that God is in control of every situation and that He cares for us will strengthen and comfort us.  David also once felt God had forsaken him when he was in trouble.  Later he realized the truth when he said “Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.” (Psalm 55:22) You are precious to God and He will not allow you to be shaken.

Dear brethren, trust in the Lord and cast all your cares on Him.  He will definitely carry you through and you will never be put to shame. May the gracious God give you grace to trust in Him!  Cast all your cares on Him and enjoy the peace that transcends all understanding!!

Yours in Christ

Pastor Jacob

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