A Great and Loving God

 Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. – 1 Peter 5:7


You may think God has bigger issues to deal with rather than your piddly concerns. Or you may think your problems are so big, they’re even beyond God’s reach. God is big enough to care for your smallest concerns and He’s powerful enough to deal with your largest, longest-standing problems. His being big enough is hard to argue with. He’s omnipresent. He’s omnipotent. He created the universe.

But does He care enough? Someone once wrote that Jesus outstretched His arms on the cross and said, “I love you this much.” He does care. Jesus taught that the Heavenly Father even knows your hair count (Luke 12:7). Think about that! Look at your hairbrush. A person’s hair count is always changing. God cares about you so much He’s with you in the moment. He knows what your hair count is, was and will be. He knows your cares and concerns. He knows your fears, worries and aspirations. He’s big enough and caring enough to work in all of those things.

Don’t think God is too busy and unconcerned for all that concerns you. As  you pray, write down in a journal all your worries, problems, questions and dreams and commit them to the Lord. Then mark a date on each of the items when your prayers are answered. Over time, your faith will build as you see He does, indeed, care for you. Be sure to include your concerns about the country, its leaders, its citizenry and all its issues. He is big enough to care and powerful enough to do something about them.

Today’s Verse: 1 Peter 5:7

casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

All Scripture quotations and audio are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Recommended for further reading: Jonah 4

But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was angry. And he prayed to the Lord and said, “O Lord, is not this what I said when I was yet in my country? That is why I made haste to flee to Tarshish; for I knew that you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and relenting from disaster. Therefore now, O Lord, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live.” And the Lord said, “Do you do well to be angry?”

Jonah went out of the city and sat to the east of the city and made a booth for himself there. He sat under it in the shade, till he should see what would become of the city. Now the Lord God appointed a plant and made it come up over Jonah, that it might be a shade over his head, to save him from his discomfort. So Jonah was exceedingly glad because of the plant. But when dawn came up the next day, God appointed a worm that attacked the plant, so that it withered. When the sun rose, God appointed a scorching east wind, and the sun beat down on the head of Jonah so that he was faint. And he asked that he might die and said, “It is better for me to die than to live.” But God said to Jonah, “Do you do well to be angry for the plant?” And he said, “Yes, I do well to be angry, angry enough to die.” 10 And the Lord said, “You pity the plant, for which you did not labor, nor did you make it grow, which came into being in a night and perished in a night. 11 And should not I pity Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than 120,000 persons who do not know their right hand from their left, and also much cattle?”

All Scripture quotations and audio are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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