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“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you”  ( I Peter 5:7)

Worry for sure is one of the most deadly cancers there is affecting any life. While children would worry about the most apparently trivial aspects of life, like missing sugar in a cup of tea, adults are not immune either. Adults would fret over their jobs, promotion, health and adverse relationships that may affect them in any way.

Jesus was not oblivious of our concerns. In one instance he spoke directly to the matter: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life” ( Mathew 6:24-27).

Worry often presents itself through dampening thoughts that leave one restless. Here the most powerful weapon we have is the word of God: “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” ( 2 Cor 10:5). Say, your concern is about your future, only confess the word of God, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” ( Jer 29:11). Is it a concern over some needs, “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus” ( Phil 4:19).

A person maybe inclined to worry because they’re only looking at matters from a physical angle. Moses lost in a desert could have tossed himself down with worry at his lost cause. Yet God was only working something in his life for a greater purpose. At the right time God appeared to him in the desert and said, “So now, go” ( Exodus 3:10). In other words, a dream which Moses thought had been lost, God had a time for it, which was but the perfect time!

Today, if there is any matter causing you to worry, all you need is to surrender it to the Lord, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (I Peter 5:7)

Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, where there is any matter causing me to worry I surrender all to you because you care and take care of my needs, all this I pray in Jesus’s name!

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    "And your life will be brighter than the noonday; it’s darkness will be like the morning. And you will feel secure, because there is hope; you will look around and take your rest in security”  (Job 11:17-19.)

    Philosophers and writers have long pointed out that without hope mankind would long be gone. The philosopher Victor Frankly who survived the Holocaust where he lost his entire family found hope was the most important weapon that enabled him come out alive. He wrote, “He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how!”
    
Hope can sustain any of us through the darkest of times. This is what happened to Job when he lost everything he possessed. “Though he slay me, I will hope in him; yet I will argue my ways to his face” (Job 13:15).

    King David when he was being pursued by his enemies never lost hope. “For you have been my hope, sovereign Lord, my confidence since my youth” (Psalm 71:5). The Apostle Paul who faced countless perilous times during his missionary journeys including jail and shipwrecks never lost hope. Writing to the Corinthians he reminded them, “He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers” (2 Cor 1:10-11).

    As believers God has given us hope that our lives are not empty and meaningless, like so many others. He has given us the hope to carry us through the lowest of moments. “I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in His word I put my hope” (Psalm 130:5).
    Today, may that hope that you have in Christ sustain you through whatever circumstances you may be facing.

    Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I pray in the wonderful name of Jesus that the hope I have in you lifts me up and sustains me in all situations as a conquer, in whose name I pray.

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