October 7, 2011
This week we have been talking about caring and the cares of this life. We have learned that we must care about certain things to a certain degree, but when something begins to cause us concern that affects us adversely then we have crossed the line to anxiety which is fear. And fear is distrust in God.
I don’t think as Christians our problem is that we don’t care enough, but we care too much. We carry many burdens that we were never supposed to carry. We reserve certain issues in our lives to carry while only bothering Father God with those things that “we just can’t take any more”.
But that was never meant to be. On Monday we read the scripture:
I like where it emphasizes “casting the WHOLE of your care upon Him”, “ALL of your anxieties, worries and concerns”. Not just some and not just anxieties, but worries and concerns too.
How many times have I heard someone say, “well I guess I’ll just pray about it, that’s all I can do”. So many times casting that care, going to God is a last resort, not the first refuge.
We have geared ourselves up to worry and to be concerned. In times past, the degree of your worry was an unofficial indicator of how loving you were or how much you cared about someone. A person would tell someone that they had worried about them as if it were a way of saying how much they loved them.
We have worrying and anxiety down to the point that as a society we must take medication to slow that boat down. The cares of this life have so overtaken us that we cannot live the life that Jesus came to bring us, the life that He died to give us.
Amplified Bible (AMP)
10The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it [a]overflows).