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GOD-TRACKING IS CASTING YOUR CARES ON JESUS, ALWAYS
“So, if you carry the cares of the world on your shoulders then stop doing what you’re doing right now and do some care-casting.”
The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.
I went for a walk the other day with the cares of the world on my shoulders. I was anxious about many things that day: an ache in my knee, cares about other people’s cares, worry about financial issues. As I walked, I prayed out loud for these needs (thankfully I was alone on a country path). I found myself complaining to God about mistakes I’d made in the past and disappointments clouding my vision. The more I grumbled and worried the tighter the knot became in my belly until I almost audibly heard the voice of the Holy Spirit say, “Cast your cares upon me!” Immediately I stopped, took out my mobile phone (it has a notepad app on it) and made a list of all that I was anxious about. Under a tree on the side of a hill in the Worcestershire countryside that day, I did some care-casting!
Jesus told us not to worry about tomorrow. He told us to look at nature and see how God, in his creative love and wisdom, takes care of the needs of the birds or the air and the flowers of the field. “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” he said. “Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.” Jesus then called us to firstly focus on God’s kingdom and his righteousness. He promised that if we do this then all that we are worried about would simply fall into place. In other words, if you and I become concerned about the cares of this world then they will consume us! However, if we seek God’s stuff first then we will enjoy rest and reward.
So, if you carry the cares of the world on your shoulders then stop doing what you’re doing right now and do some care-casting. Pray your needs through and believe that the Lord is your strength and your shield. Then fix your eyes on the kingdom and goodness of God. If you trust in him then he will help and provide for you every step of the way.
God-tracking is casting your cares on Jesus, always.
DON’T GIVE UP, LOOK UP & PRAY
Dear Lord and God, today I do some care-casting in Jesus’ name!
“Dear Lord and God, I’m sorry for worrying so much. I realise that I have been consumed by the cares of this world instead of seeking first the things of your kingdom. Today, I lay down all my worries, cares and concerns at your feet. Dear Lord and God, today I do some care-casting in Jesus’ name! I cast my cares on you: every financial need, every health concern, every worry about a loved one, every disappointment, every fear of what the future may hold and every offence that I have suffered at the criticisms of others. I do not give up, but I rather look up into your eyes for help and my purpose. Thank you that you know my tomorrow and have a plan for my good future. Tonight, I will sleep in peace because you are my hope. Amen.”
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