As I lay here with my knee propped up because of a volleyball injury I incurred a week ago, with my left heel bleeding from a staple sticking out of the carpet in my bedroom that I suppose was incorrectly installed by the flippers I bought this house from, I’m listening to the guys who are finally installing the fence I bought 2 months ago, all three of the guys whose ages probably total 30 years old, I begin to laugh through the mild headache. I’m worried these guys don’t know what they’re doing and concerned about my Orthopedic appointment later today and then there’s throbbing still in my head and in my heel. It’s this kind of day that brings this verse to mind: ( Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.)
In Sunday school one morning my grandfather gave a prayer request but right after him another man in his class also asked for prayer but his list went on and on about his health, the loss of his job and his struggling marriage, etc. Just after this man shared his request my grandfather raised his hand again and said, “Just forget about the request I just made, I think he needs your prayers more than me.” That story cracks me up. It’s also funny to me because my grandfather was not trying to be funny. Here’s the point. We all have worries and concerns and things going on. No matter the size of the situation, God still wants to hear your prayer requests. He wants you to CAST YOUR CARES UPON HIM, BECAUSE HE CARES FOR YOU. Did you hear that? He cares about you. Sometimes I’m embarrassed to admit how much I’ve doubted His care. I know He cares and it seems like it should be so evident, but let me tell you friends, deception is really, really….deceiving. These feelings and emotions we have should always be checked by THE TRUTH. Feelings can imprison you, but The Truth shall set you free
(JOHN 8:31-32 So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”) and when Jesus makes you free, you are free indeed and I believe somewhere it says that HE IS The Truth (JOHN 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and THE TRUTH, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.). There it is, the answers are in the Bible if we will just look for them. Your emotions would have you sit on the couch and eat ice cream, feeling worried or sorry for yourself, but The Truth would have you work, read, and get prepared for the deception coming your way. Remember Jesus and His disciples in the garden? He told them to stay up, watch and pray (MATTHEW 26:40-41 And he came to the disciples and found them sleeping. And he said to Peter, “So, could you not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”) You are weak, but He is strong. Therefore you must walk in His ways every day to have strength. Eat Him, drink Him, and live in Him. If you don’t eat, you get weak and will grab for anything, no matter how unhealthy it is. Stay hydrated in His word and eat of the fruit of The Spirit that comes forth when you commune with Him in prayer and you will find strength and reassurance that HE CARES FOR YOU. HE CARES FOR YOU. HE CARES FOR YOU. Keep saying that truth to yourself today.
No matter what you’ve done, HE CARES FOR YOU. No matter how imperfect you are, HE CARES FOR YOU. No matter how many times you’ve fallen and disobeyed, HE CARES FOR YOU. I hope you get the point that HE CARES FOR YOU. I leave you with this scripture for you to look up and read on your own today and while you read it, be reminded how much HE CARES FOR YOU.