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Casting Cares

14 Sep

πᾶσαν τὴν μέριμναν ὑμῶν ἐπιρρίψαντες ἐπ᾽ αὐτόν, ὅτι αὐτῷ μέλει περὶ ὑμῶν. (1 Peter 5:7)

In 1 Peter 5:7, God's word admonishes us to cast all our cares upon Him, because He cares for us.  When we read this directly from the English, all we see is the double use of the word "care."  Yet, in the Greek, these are two separate and distinct words.

The first time the word care is used, it is coming from the Greek word, μέριμνα ("meh-rim-nah").  This is the word for cares, concerns and worries.  It is what keeps you up at night.  It's what you feel when your loved ones are late and don't show up.  It's that grinding inside the pit of your stomach that churns and twists when you get near the end of the month and the money is running out.

The second time the word is used is the word μέλει ("meh-lei"). This verb is sued to describe how a mother cares for her child, how a shepherd cares for his flock.  It bears the idea of having care or concern for someone.

This life will bring lots of cares and worries.  We have an adversary, who is the devil, and he seeks to devour you.  We have a world who exists in utter defiance toward God, our savior.  And my greatest foe is the flesh, who wants his own way, and is selfish and greedy.  All three of these enemies brings cares and worries into our lives.  They roar and hiss, frightening us with threats: some that are real and some that are baseless and false.

But our God is greater.

God did not save us, and forget our plight.  He is not surprised by the onslaught of our foes.  He sees above the battlefield and knows the path we need to follow.

I have cares, and I have concerns.  I worry all the time about my family.  I feel the crunch of economic hardships just like you.  How should I handle them?  By taking each one and placing them at the Master's feet.  You see, He cares about me, and He cares about you.  And best of all, He wants to show how He cares.

Hebrews 13:5-6
5  Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
6  So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.

Philippians 4:19
19  But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Proverbs 3:5-6
5  Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

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