Jesus welcomed the people, taught them about the Kingdom of God and healed those in need. Luke 9:11

Seeds of the Kingdom

Cast Your Cares

by David Silvester

Cast your cares on the LORD and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous fall.
Psalm 55:22, NIV

Whilst reading these words one morning, they made me wonder how often it is that we let the cares of this world and the pressures of our daily lives pull us down into the ‘pit of despair’? Yet there’s a simple and easy alternative, to cast them all upon the One who’s able to take them from us and lift us up above them. So often in life there are those things that seem to develop, almost unseen, yet they have the habit of ‘getting on top’ of us, and lead us into depression and despair because we feel unable to cope.

Sometimes it’s comforting to recognise that others have had gone through similar experiences, and yet have seen God intervene and bring them through in an amazing way. The disciples of Jesus had an experience like this when they were in a boat with Him, and He was asleep (Mark 4:37–40). When a furious squall came up and threatened to overcome the boat, in panic, they woke Jesus, and said, ‘Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?’ They were in the kind of situation that this text is speaking of, and they were casting their cares on Jesus. In their extremity they were crying out for help, and He promptly sustained them in an amazing and miraculous way.

We have an Almighty God, who, as our loving Heavenly Father, is able to do anything, even perform miracles on our behalf, because of the greatness of the love He has for us. Paul reminds us that He is ‘able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us’ (Ephesians 3:20). If this is our God, and this is His power, and we truly believe that He really loves us, then, surely, He wants us to trust Him to sustain us when we experience the kind of problems and difficulties we feel unable to cope with ourselves.

Prayer: Father God, I thank You for Your amazing love for me, and I thank You that You care for me in each and every situation of life. I’m sorry that there are so many times I’ve let things get on top of me and they’ve brought anxiety and despair. Please forgive me for not trusting You in those difficult times, and help me to trust You to the point that I learn to cast all my concerns and anxieties upon You, I pray, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

David Silvester is married and has a son, two daughters and eight grandchildren. He trained as a production engineer. He then moved on to become a lecturer of engineering craft skills before being called of God in his early fifties to become a pastor of a Baptist church. He says that,"having previously experienced an amazing healing on a day others expected me to die, it came as no surprise that God directed me and my wife, Margaret, to become involved with Ellel Ministries."


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