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Devotional

Casting Your Cares

Casting Your Cares
by Margaret D. Mitchell
Week of September 17, 2017

“Cast your burden on the LORD [release it] and He will sustain and uphold you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken (slip, fall, fail).”  -Psalm 55:22 AMP

        When God sends us into new territories, new assignments, He purposes them and goes before us to make a way. He already knows what challenges await us, and He sets the stage of opportunity for greater glory. He releases His strategy to us as we seek Him. He walks with us. And if we remain close to him and carefully obey Him in the journey, we make it through the minefield of trial and temptation with the least amount of pain and the greatness measure of supernatural joy and reward. The purpose of this is to glorify Him, stretch our faith, build our trust in Him and accomplish His mission. 

        In Psalm 55, we find a very distressed David. He is surrounded by chaos, lies, death and other evil opposition with his only escape being God. David knew that when he called to the Lord, God would save him (vs. 16). And so he sung sacrificial praises and declarations of God’s truth concerning righteousness and evil. 

        David could not have understood what to do or where to turn unless he knew the very character and heart of the God he served. In these torrid circumstances, God was developing David’s character to align more with His. The only way such a great level of trust could have been forged in David was through experiencing situations such as these. Count it all good.  

        Surely, like David, total dependency upon God, is our (re)finest hour. Crossroads invite us to choose life and offer God all the glory moment by moment and in our testimonies. God cares enough to set us up in “impossible” situations so our only way of escape is He Himself. God's grace is sufficient, more than enough. He is our ultimate provider. And if, in our limitations, we depend fully upon Him, He is honored, and we are empowered beyond ourselves.

        When we walk in righteous obedience to God, He takes care of all that comes against us for us. He fights our battles, and He promises to protect us. Even though evil looms, it will not defeat us. Even when the calling is bigger than we, and everyone and everything around us seems to oppose us, we do not have to worry; because God is using all of it for His good: to make us better and to work through us. When the enemy looms among us, God will only allow evil for a while before He releases His judgment, putting an end to the torment. God is always in control. He is faithful. His timing is perfect, and He never forsakes us. 

        Nahum 1:7-9, 13 NIV says, "The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in Him. ...He will pursue His foes into darknessWhatever they plot against the Lord He will bring to an end; trouble will not come a second timeNow I will break their yoke from your neck and tear your shackles away." 

        Consider also 1 Peter 5:6-7 NIV: “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” 

        God cares. If you’re experiencing pressing burdens or brick walls of opposition, know that no weapon formed against you shall prosper. Nothing will block God from achieving His purpose through you if you will confess that you cannot do it alone, beseech Him for His help, praise Him in the midst, don’t give up in the war, commit everything to Him, remain obedient and trust Him along the way. You will surely succeed as God enables you by grace.


And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love.
Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.

1 John 4:16
Margaret D. Mitchell


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