Sunday, December 11th, 2016
Do-Gooders (Part 26)
Cast Their Cares
Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?
Matthew 6:25 (NKJV)*
Do not fret--it only causes harm.
Psalm 37:8 (NKJV)
Anxiety in a man's heart weighs it down...
Proverbs 12:25 (NASB)
Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you.
Psalm 55:22 (NKJV)
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God...
Philippians 4:6 (NKJV)
Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
1 Peter 5:7 (NKJV)
To cast is to throw, disperse or assign. Often, what we're casting is visible. But sometimes we cast invisible things--like rotten moods or permeating fears. They pollute the atmosphere of a room. They ruin the vibrancy of a life.
Sadly, we grow accustomed to the smell, because we're unable to escape it. A happy moment masks it like perfume. But soon, the pleasant feeling wears away, and the foul odor of sewage returns. This invisible stink bomb is worry.
Because disciples must be risk-takers and risks can spur the demons of worry; because God's future stars will be tested and tests can cause stressful apprehension; because worry seeks to stop do-gooders...
Do-gooders must practice casting their cares. The Hand of God stays ready to receive them. Like the best Catcher in a hard-won game, the Lord never misses the toughest throw. Worry may be charging through your bases, but if you cast your cares straight back to God, worry is called out at home and won't score.
Would it be better if he got no hits? Sure, but high stakes games are competitive.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: If life could be called a baseball game and you're playing outfield for The Saints... If demons form the opposing team and worry hits a ground ball to you, grab that mean ball by its ugly skin, and hurl it all the way back to God. As the dust settles, the air turns clear.**
To Be Continued...
* Entire section on worry in Matthew 6:
** More Bible Verses on worry:
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Do-Gooders series.