Saturday, October 11, 2014

Sustain {Day 11}

Yesterday I joined up with the Five Minute Friday community to write about care. But because we only get five minutes to write - no more, no less - my thoughts were cut short. Which is OK because that means I get to write another post!

1 Peter 5:7 tells us to "give God all your worries and cares, for he cares about you." All the little (and big!) things we have a tendency to worry about, God cares about them. But even more so, He cares about us. Which really shouldn't be a surprise, considering that from day one He has shown us over and over and over again just how much He cares.

He created us.

He clothes us.

He feeds us.

He loves us.

He died for us.

He pursues us.

And in our times of trouble, when we're so full of anxiety, fear, and worry, He sustains us.

Psalm 55:22 tells us to "cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken."

What does that even mean?

Merriam-Webster defines sustain this way:

: to provide what is needed for (something or someone) to exist, continue, etc.
: to hold up the weight of (something)
: to deal with or experience (something bad or unpleasant)

This is what God does:

He provides for us, whether it's something tangible we need or someone who can physically (or emotionally) be present with us in our time of need. 

He bears the weight of our burdens. 

He walks with us through the situation, holding our hand or holding us up, whatever we need at the time. Never do we deal with things alone; He experiences them with us.

Sometimes when I read scriptures like 1 Peter 5:7 and Psalms 55:22, it's so easy for me to just skim over the words without really understanding how God cares for us. But when I think on these words, truly meditate on them, I'm left utterly astounded at the goodness of God!

And when I finally open my eyes to the truth, I can look back at various times in my life and really see when God was sustaining me. 

How has God cared for you lately?

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Denise Dilley said...

Thanks for being so open about your story. God does indeed care for us. Beautiful post!

Denise Dilley said...

Thanks, Tara! I'm glad He cares for us and sustains us. He is creating something beautiful out of this messy life. :)