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Cast Our Cares On Jesus!

Psalm 55:22

Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.

82015 RayWhat cares do we have today? The 2016 Presidential election is starting to heat up. Some of the candidates are starting to separate themselves from the others. Who is best to lead our country moving forward? Will we have a 3rd Bush? Will we have a second Clinton – the first female – the first couple – serving as President? Will we have a billionaire President (maybe he would pay some of our national debt with his money)? Will we have the second African American president? Will it be someone young? Will it be someone from the new guard or the old guard? Will it be same-old – same-old – politics as usual or will someone fresh step up? Will they be liberal or conservative? Will they be a capitalist or a socialist or something else? Will they be pro-life or pro-choice? There are many questions.

What cares do we have today? What will the rest of this year and beyond bring for us? I have a close friend who will retire in early 2016. For someone who has been working since his teen years – retiring is a new adventure and one that he has been praying about for some time.

What care do we have today?  I know a number of pastors and lay people who are concerned about General Conference in 2016 and the direction of the United Methodist Church.  Striving to remain orthodox and true to the Scriptures – as we understand them.

What cares do we have today? The end of 2015 and most of 2016 will find part of my family living in California – in New Jersey – and in Maryland. This is weighing heavy on my wife’s heart and on mine and we will be traveling a lot in 2015-2016 I’m sure.

What cares do we have today? I know some folks who are having a hard time making ends meet – even having a hard time keeping a roof over their heads. Another person I know just lost their battle with brain cancer. Another person is having a hard time with free-loading children. Another person is having a hard time staying sober. Yet another person is having a hard time with their marriage. What cares do we have today?

In the passage today – the Psalmist records these words – Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken. (Psalm 55:22) We are told to cast our cares on the Lord! All of them! And leave them with Him – please! Don’t take them to Him and take them back with you. We are called to cast our cares on the Lord and He promises to sustain us through the tough times. He promises to guide us and not allow us to be shaken beyond what we can stand. I know that I take Him my cares every day (and I’m getting better at leaving them with Him too).

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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October 15, 2015 - Posted by | Build, Community, Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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