What troubles you today?
For me, it’s our financial situation and recent nightmares about my ex. But, before I waste another second dwelling on things that I don’t have any control over, I’m going to cast my cares on the Lord. I am not going to do myself any good today if I focus on my troubles. All that does is bring me stress and fear and I’m giving it power to ruin my entire day!
God does care about everything that we are going through. Other than learning this by life experience, He makes a point to say so and not just ONE time. I don’t know about you, but I’ve noticed that when people repeat themselves it is often because they want you to understand the importance of what they are saying, for emphasis, and they hope that you will remember what they’ve said. I also believe that God intended everything written in His word for a specific purpose. Why does God repeat himself? Why does Jesus repeat himself?
Matthew 11:28-30 says. “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
1 Peter 5:6-7, “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your cares upon Him, for He cares for you.”
Psalm 55:22, “Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.”
Matthew 6:25, “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? 32b-34 “For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
Psalm 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God.”
Proverbs 3:5-8 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes, Fear the Lord and depart from evil. it will be health to your flesh, and strength to your bones.”
I encourage you to list off everything that concerns you whether it’s in your personal life or those you care about. Then say to God, out loud, that you are releasing, casting, surrendering each of these things over to Him, for Him to deal with and work out. Do this every day for the next three weeks and watch how your perspective will shift, how your stress and worry decreases, and your faith increases. I am suggesting three weeks because we’re supposed to make this a habit. If God tells us to not worry, then we are being DISOBEDIENT whenever we do worry. Ask for forgiveness and repent. I’m joining you in this prayer of confession, too. Remember: we’re not in control. God promises to take care of us, and it’s our job to believe Him.