Casting All Your Cares

I have often dropped to my knees to ask, “Why?” I have poured out my heart pleading with God to change the outcome, fix the problem, correct the other person, make the pain go away. I am a child begging my daddy to fix the boo-boo!

But sometimes I am quite comfortable with my spiritual infancy and I know my Father in Heaven does not think that’s a bad thing. We are told often in scriptures of His concern for us.  He tells us to, “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you,” and that, “As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him.”

However, over time I have learned that it helps if I approach every heartache prayer with a different agenda.  If I ask, not that God change the outcome that He already, in perfect wisdom, thoroughly understands but that He intervene in my own limited perception and inability to process, my relationship with God changes dramatically. I stop treating every situation as another example of God’s lack of concern for me personally and, instead, I see Him for the Father and loving partner that He is!

Acknowledging my Father’s ability to see a future I can never dream of, the heart of someone I will never know, the direction of both my bad choices and my good, or the perfectness of something I can’t fathom as acceptable is the first step in my infancy and in my spiritual adulthood. Only by acknowledging his divinity will I be able to stop crying out, “God, why don’t you care about what’s happening?”

Instead I can say, “Father, help me to see your hand in this and deal appropriately with it.  Help me to know what to pray for!”

 

Scriptures used:

1 Peter 5:7 , Psalm 103:13

Photo by Timur Romanov on Unsplash

Esau’s Regret

I’ve had many regrets in my life (haven’t we all?) so stumbling across this scripture in Hebrews caught my eye. But it wasn’t just the regret part that made me stop, reread it, and write it down. It was the question in my heart that said, “Have I ever been close to Esau’s regret?”

If you don’t know the story, it’s from Genesis in the Old Testament. The story is that Jacob and Esau were twins but Esau was born first so he was the heir of his father’s inheritance. Cool right?

Well, Esau (his father’s favorite by the way) became a great hunter and Jacob, (momma’s boy) content to stay at home among the tents, evidently made a pretty  mean stew. So, one day Esau comes home from hunting and hungry, asks Jacob for some stew. “I’m famished!” he says. And compassionate brother that he is, Jacob says,
“First sell me your birthright.”

Not even wondering what’s up Esau says something brilliant, “Look, I am about to die. What good is the birthright to me?

There…right there…did you see yourself? I did. I saw every time I ever thought I was going to die if I didn’t get what I thought I needed. I saw every time I denied my birthright, as a daughter of a King, because something else got in the way and I could not control my appetites.

I knew this story.  Evidently so did the first Christians.  In Hebrews 12:16-17 Paul tells them, “See that no one is…godless like Esau, who for a single meal sold his inheritance rights as the oldest son.

And here was what made me swallow hard, “Even though he sought the blessing with tears he could not change what he had done.

Prayer: Oh my Father, let me not ever have Esau’s regret! In Jesus’ name may I never value anything I want over my inheritance in your kingdom so that my tears are also for nothing! Amen

Do You Need Patient Endurance?

Verse: Hebrews 10:36

“Patient endurance is what you need now so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.” (NLT‬‬)
http://bible.com/116/heb.10.36.nlt

Love God: We rarely consider being patient with God but maybe we should. After all, He’s in charge. I’ve seen a 5-year-old wait for her mom to finish a conversation on the phone and I know the value of (and the struggle for) patient endurance!

Love Others: Do we extend that patience to others? We can only be blessed with what we also give.

Prayer: Dear God, thank you for your promises to me and help me to stay patient and learn from the trials I have been blessed with. As a child waits for a parent, so I wait for you to guide me. Please grant me patient endurance in the wait.

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