As a child, I marveled at the size and weight differences of things. I used to wonder how many feathers were necessary to weigh a pound. Or how many straws would it really take to break a camel’s back. The most intriguing question though for me right now is how many problems, losses, or situations does it take to break a person? 1? 3? 100? A single straw alone is no match for our own strength, or that of a camel. A bushel of straws together then become a whole different story. The same is for our cares and troubles. One or two pop up and they can be easily dismissed as a bad day and we keep moving. 5, 6, 10 – A death a of dear loved one; loss of a job; medical issues; household repairs, homework, caring for family members, laundry, etc. If you let it, things add up and can break anyone. The trick is at every point, we must cast our care on God because He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7 ESV). Cares here are also synonymous with anxieties. Root word for care is distraction. The enemy uses our cares and anxieties as distractions to take our focus off of God. We cannot waver, doubt, or be uncertain about anything that the Lord has promised for your life (James 1:8). What keeps most of us from being confident, focused and pressing toward God’s plan is fear. There is no fear in love. God’s love, and perfect love casts out all fear
Lord, thank you for your perfect love. It casts out all of our fears. As fears come, I lay them at your feet Lord and leave them there. You already know my issues and hurts. You want what is best for me. No matter what I have to go through, I have to follow you plan Lord. In Jesus name, amen.
- 1 Peter 5:7 (ESV) – 6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, 7 casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
- James 1:1-8 (ESV) –
1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,
To the twelve tribes in the Dispersion:
2 Count it all joy, my brothers when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.7 For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
- 1 John 4:18 (ESV) – There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.