Saturday, January 9, 2010

Who Cares?

Have you ever got the feeling when you were talking to someone that they were thinking "who cares"? Have you ever felt that no one really cared about what you were going through? The Bible tells us that God cares and He wants you to cast your cares upon Him. 1 Peter 5:5-7 says:

Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.” Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. [The New King James Version. (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982).]

Knowing that God cares can help us through those trying times. But we cannot only take verse 7 into view without looking at what precedes it. The text says that we should be concerned with others and be submissive to others such as parents, leaders, or even each other. A lot of people have an issue with this. For some reason society today does not want to be submissive to anyone and they only care about themselves. We are a selfish people; a “me” generation. We are seeing an attitude of “I deserve” this.

I was in a conversation just the other day with an individual who asked the question: Is Christianity hard to see in America? In thinking about this question I would have to say "yes". There are a lot of people who claim to be "Christians", however, they don't look any different than the world around them. No matter what side of the fence they stand on, they look the same. We are proud and we gawk at humility. I honestly believe that when trials and persecution comes then it becomes easier to see the faith of the individual.

When we are in the midst of the trials, what are our reactions? Do we shake our fist at God and turn our back on Him, or, do we cast our cares upon Him? Casting our cares upon Him requires us to be humble. Humility is defined as having or showing a low estimate of one’s own importance or being of low rank or of modest pretensions or dimensions. It is essentially thinking of others interests more than thinking of our own interests. It contains no elements of pride.

When we are humble, we are most like Christ. He came to this world in humility. He came with the desire for the hearts of others and was willing to give His life so that others could live. He cares for you and the things you are going through. When we are humble, we recognize our position in the presence of a living God. We understand He has the ability to restore and to heal and He has the power to judge and destroy. But the awesome thing is that this same God cares for you and wants you to cast your cares upon him. Doing so in a spirit of humility results in the grace of God to help in whatever situation you are in.

Are we prideful and expect to have everything our way? Do we demand of God because of our selfish desires? Or, are we humble knowing that God is in control and knows what we need better than we? Remember, God gives grace to the humble but resists the proud. How you approach God and others makes all of the difference in the world.

In Christ,
Doug Johnson 

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