Word for You

Sunday 18 April                             

‘Cast your burden on the Lord [releasing the weight of it] and He will sustain you.’ Psalm 55:22 AMPC

Tell God

After the preacher G. Campbell Morgan had given a talk about taking our worries to God in prayer, a lady came over to him and said, ‘I don’t bother God with little things; I only take the big ones to Him.’ Morgan replied, ‘My dear lady, everything we take to God is little.’ And it’s true – from God’s perspective, all our problems are small because His power can overcome all of them. The Bible says, ‘Cast your burden on the Lord [releasing the weight of it] and He will sustain you.’ God knows we’re not built to carry the weight of worry, so He invites us to give it to Him today. Anything that’s big enough to be a source of anxiety should be turned into a prayer. Peter wrote: ‘Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully’ (1 Peter 5:7 AMPC). ‘Casting is the opposite of ‘carrying’. The moment we recognise that a worry is beginning to weigh us down, we need to ‘cast’ it on God, knowing ‘He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.’ If He was a distant God who didn’t care about us, we’d have a reason to worry. Or if He was a weak God who couldn’t do anything about it, we’d have a reason to worry. The truth is, it’s when we give our worries to God that we discover how big He really is. The songwriter Joseph Scriven put it this way: ‘Oh, what peace we often forfeit, oh, what needless pain we bear, all because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.’

What Now?

Write down anything, big or small, that’s worrying you or causing you to feel uneasy today. Tell God about each item in your list, and cross it off when you’ve handed it over to Him.