Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. — 1st Peter 5:7
As a 14 year old boy when I watched my parents’ marriage fall apart and end in divorce, I became very angry and I acted out. When confronted about my behavior, I would respond with “who cares?” I think some of my darkest times have come when I find myself thinking and saying “who cares?” When I get to the point of not caring, it becomes very difficult to find my way back to the joy that I know God wants for my life.
The answer to that question is God cares, and He wants us to be the messengers of His love and caring nature. The only way to understand God’s love for us is through humility. A proud person will fail at seeing God cares for them. The writer in Hebrews quotes Proverbs 3:34 when he says, “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Hebrews 5:5b.
My prayer for the one I’m reaching out to is for God to soften their heart somehow to make them care. I see so much pain being distributed through anger towards one another, I have to believe it’s from not caring how people feel. I know I can be guilty of caring too much about a principle I feel strongly about, but if I care more about a principle then I do about the person, I’ve become unloving. Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 13:2 “And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.”
To care is to think of others, and to think of others we need to think about God and the amazing gift of salvation through the Lord Jesus along with the Holy Spirit that guides and directs us. When I consider the love of God towards me, I can allow my heart to be softened and then caring becomes possible.
Some of the major obstacles to caring can also be past hurts and disappointments that prevent us from opening ourselves up to being hurt again. That’s where verses like 5:7 come in, “Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you”. The idea is when we are reaching hurting people and become the victim of rejection, it’s not us they’re rejecting but God. So, cast your cares on Him, lace up your boots and get back out there and care. Amen!
Written by Rob Russomano: Rob Russomano is married to Terri, he is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and a full time staff member. He is also available as a speaker of the grace of God with a message of Hope for church events. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Daily Bible Reading: Proverbs 26-27| You can download our 2017 Daily Bible Reading Plan by clicking here
Daily Quote: “Jesus’ coming is the final and unanswerable proof that God cares.” – William Barclay
This Week’s Verse to Memorize:
Praise the Lord! Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. Psalm 106:1