(J. R. Miller, “Don’t Worry!” 1912)
“Cast your cares upon Him because He cares about you!” 1 Peter 5:7
If this world were governed by chance—no amount either of philosophy or of common sense could keep us from worrying, but we know that our Father is taking care of us! No little child in the best and most caring home was ever carried so carefully or so safely in the love, thought, and care of earthly parents—as is the least of God’s little ones in the heavenly Father’s heart! “So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them!” Matthew 6:31-32. The things we cannot help or change are in His hand, and belong to the “all things” which, we are assured, “work together for good, to those who love God.”
In the midst of all the great rush of events and circumstances, in which we can see no order and no design—we well know that each believer in Christ is as safe as any little child in the arms of the most loving mother!
Amid all life’s trials and disappointments—
our faith rests upon the character and the infinite goodness of God! Therefore we should have the faith of a little child—in a Father whose name is “Love” and whose power extends to every part of His universe! Here we find solid rock upon which to stand, and good reason for our lesson that we should never worry. Our Father is taking care of us!
In a world like ours, there are many things that incline us to worry. There are disappointments that leave the hands empty after days and years of hope and toil. Also, there are resistless thwartings of fondly cherished plans and purposes. There are bereavements that seem to sweep away every earthly joy. And there are perplexities through which no human wisdom can lead the feet. Because there are experiences in every life—whose natural effect is to disquiet the spirit and produce deep and painful anxiety.
Instead of worry, we are to put all these disturbing and distracting things—into the hands of our Father!
“Cast all your cares upon Him, because He cares about you!” 1 Peter 5:7. God is taking care of us—not overlooking the smallest thing, and we have but to cast all our cares and anxiety upon Him—and then be at peace. It is trying to carry our own cares, which produces worry! Therefore Our duty is to cast them all upon Christ! This is the secret of heart-peace in the time of distress, from whatever cause.
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