Precious Jesus

"Afresh, precious, precious Jesus, I resign this body to You, for doing or suffering, for living or dying. Will You accept it? Will You use me for Your glory more than heretofore, that You may have some little return for all the benefits You have done to me? Oh, do grant this request; my heart longs for it, my spirit pleads for it; and "if You will, You can." You know the hot temptation of which I am the subject. Bring Your glory out of it, and keep me from the evil, and it shall be well." - Ruth Bryan

Thursday, June 2, 2016

"Casting all you care upon Him..."

"Casting all you care upon Him, for He cares for you." 1 Peter 5:7.
This is part of the humbling process that Peter spoke of in the previous verse ("God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble") when we recognize our inability to 'fix things' or to solve problems, to be relieved of our diseases, our lust for ungodly pleasure, and our cherished idols. "Casting ALL our care upon Him..." not part of it, being careful to include the part we feel that we can 'handle on our own' which imbibes a false humility that says there is no need to 'trouble the Master' with our more mundane problems for 'we can handle this in on our own.' Would we insult our Lord by keeping any of our cares to our self as if He does not see, as if it is 'too small a matter to trouble Him over?' We are quick to run to Him with insurmountable problems, yet how often do the 'small things' seem to escape our prayers, only to explode in our face and overwhelm us? Perhaps the 'explosion' could have been averted had we brought our care to Him as we should. How often do we cheat ourselves of His peace?

Could our problem be even greater than an ego that wants to run it's own show? Sadly, yes. Not only is this notion of "I can handle this myself" rooted and steeped in pride, it is also an insult to our Father, His Son, and the Holy Spirit in that we do not really believe that He loves us ("for He cares for you") as He has stated and shown through countless examples in the Scriptures. Has He that "loved us and gave Himself for us" by "laying down His life" for our eternal good suddenly become uninterested or too busy to care for His chosen ones? NEVER! "Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom" (Luke 12:32). Do we attempt to deny the Father His pleasure by holding back our cares from Him? Sometimes we do, but what an exercise in futility! Speak freely of ALL your cares to the Father, all He wants to do is bless you over and over again.


lyn said...

Another excellent post Darrel, one that is quite timely in my own life. This life is hard, there's no way I can bear the burden of daily living on my own. It took some time to understand this, but God has a way of making His truth become a reality in our lives. It is a relief knowing I don't carry the burden....He does, and He leads me through each day - in small issues as well as the big ones. What a blessing!

Darrel said...

Me too. It takes time to soak in, especially for one as bull-headed as me. If we only knew His heart toward us........