The God Who Cares
And now, a word to you elders of the church, I, too, am an elder; with my own eyes I saw Christ dying on the cross; and I, too, will share his glory and his honor when he returns. Fellow elders, this is my plea to you: Feed the flock of God; care for it willingly, not grudgingly; not for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve the Lord. Don't be tyrants, but lead them by your good example, and when the Head Shepherd comes, your reward will be a never-ending share in his glory and honor.
You younger men, follow the leadership of those who are older. And all of you serve each other with humble spirits, for God gives special blessings to those who are humble, but sets himself against those who are proud. If you will humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, in his good time he will lift you up.
Let him have all your worries and cares for he is always thinking about you and watching everything that concerns you.
Be careful - watch out for attacks from Satan, your great enemy. He prowls around like a hungry, roaring lion, looking for some victim to tear apart. Stand firm when he attacks. Trust the Lord; and remember that other Christians all around the world are going through these sufferings too.
After you have suffered a little while, our God, who is full of kindness through Christ, will give you his eternal glory. He personally will come and pick you up, and set you firmly in place, and make you stronger than ever. 1 Peter 5:1-10 (TLB)
Charity M Kiregyera comes from Kampala, Uganda. While preparing to plant cassava, Charity had to clear tall grass from the plot of land. She decided to burn the partially green, partially dried grass. Because it was not a dry season, she thought this would be safe; but the fire burned much faster than she expected. She began to panic as the fire threatened to engulf the neighboring plots of land. Frantically, she threw sand on the fire to put it out. The smoke began to choke her.
Then she remembered to call on the Lord. Charity prayed through the panic: "Lord, help me; you always help me when I ask. Please don't let this fire cross the boundaries." The fire eventually died down, and Charity lifted her hands and thanked God.
Anxiety is a natural response to misfortune and danger. When we hold on to our anxiety and allow it to overwhelm us, fear may keep us from being able to think calmly or trust God.
Today's verse reminds us that we can cast our fears on the Lord. In times of anxiety, we can trust that the God who cares for us will move to help us solve our problems.
Prayer: Dear God, help us when we cast our anxiety on you, to trust in Your faithfulness and kindness, in Jesus' name, amen.