The Bible says, “Cast all your care upon Him, for He cares for you” (I Peter 5:7). This is such a warm thought, but it’s easier said than done, isn’t it? Of course, when we can find it within ourselves to let go and trust in the Lord, it just brings all sorts of blessings. We can be sure that He tends to our physical needs when we are seekers of His kingdom (Matthew 6:33). We can be sure that He guards us in a spiritual sense when we are willing to obey Him and submit to His care (I Peter 5:7; Matthew 11:28-30). And we can be certain that He will bring with Him to heaven those who diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6).

You aren’t alone if you fret over the cares of this world. How will the contents of my bank account get me through this month? What if my health is failing? You can count one these trials to come. However, by “looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith,” we should be able to keep from becoming consumed by these discouragements. (Hebrews 12:2-3.) Paul said our “light affliction,” which only lasts for a moment helps to build for us an exceeding and eternal weight of glory (II Corinthians 4:17). Therefore, let us turn those worries into joy for the hope that is set before us.

Each day the devil tries to connive, scheme, and trick each of us into the dreary depths of sin. The picture he paints is one of beauty and endless pleasure, but the reality that lies beneath is an ugly and gruesome sight. At times temptations seem unbearable, but be sure that our God is faithful and will always leave for us a way of escape when overwhelming desires come knocking (I Corinthians 10:13). In all our spiritual trials, there is one who is constant, unchanging, and who will always be there to protect us from the death Satan brings. Look to our almighty God and Father when anxieties are highest.

Let’s strive to live in such a way that when the end comes we will be able to say, “I did my best to obey God, and then I trusted in Him to do the rest.” He most certainly will keep His promises. Have faith and know that God cares about you.

—-Darrell