I Peter 5:6,7 "Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's might hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you."
Suffering is common to all believers and is necessary for our growth and maturity. These verses do not deny that fact. However, they do urge us to be humble before God, allowing Him to work through the suffering in our lives. When His work is complete, He will lift us up - in due time. In the meantime we are to take our anxiety, our care, our feelings of injustice or unfairness and our "why's" to the Lord because He cares for us.
When my two week old son was terribly ill in the hospital in Brazil, I was called on to assist the nurse. She asked me to help pin my helpless son down onto the table while she poked and proded, searching for a vein to put yet another I.V. into his little body that already looked like a pin cushion. My heart broke! How I longed to pick him up and shelter him from that sharp needle! I knew, however, that dispite the discomfort, this was for his best. I couldn't spare him the pain, but I certainly could lean over him to reassure him of my presence and comfort him with my love.
In the same way, our Heavenly Father knows more than we do what is for our good. He is not insensitive to our pain! He feels it deeply and wants to hold us and comfort us. "Lord, we do cast our anxieties on you today, knowing You do care for us! Amen!"
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This message came at a time I need to hear it most. Just a few days ago, I went through a spiritual battle that left me regretting what I said and did. I thought God did not care. But Sunday came and the message was clear. God insisted I kept my faithfulness and never stop believing in Him.