February 22, 2024     4:08 pm
224. Week of Fourth Sunday after Trinity - Saturday
Cast all your care upon Him; for He cares for you
          Cast all your care upon Him; for He cares for you.   1 Peter 5:7
          God sustains His creatures here below as long as it pleases Him. He who is present within His entire creation "upholds all things by the word of His power." This text speaks of the Son, our Saviour, and proves His eternal Godhead. (Hebr. 1:3) The Son does this together with the Father and the Holy Spirit. God's omnipotence and wisdom are needed to preserve all things thus, and to provide for so great a household. He also keeps you and provides for you. To this end He gives you clothing and shoes, food and drink, house and home, wife and children, fields, cattle, and all goods, according as you are in need of each of these things within your station and calling. He richly and daily provides you with all that you need to support this body and life. God does this, God alone. Certainly, you must labour, as long as you are able to do so; for "if any would not work, neither should he eat." (1 Thess. 3:10) Ordinarily God wants to keep you by means of your labour. and you must also make use of your understanding. But you must trust, rely, and build, neither upon your labour nor upon your understanding. With these you can accomplish nothing, unless God deigns to bless your doing and your planning. Much less must your labour and your understanding be made to serve the purposes of sinful greed. And do not worry. Take no thought, saying, What will I eat? or, What will I drink? or With what shall I be clothed? For God keeps you and provides for you, not you. And God is your Father in Christ Jesus. How sinful, then, is care and worry! O Christian, child of God, poor sinner, take your care and cast it upon God; for He cares for you. This is most certainly true. So says the Holy Spirit.
          PRAYER: - O God, my Father, I thank You that You assure me of Your care and providence! I thank You that You so kindly exhort me to cast all my care upon You! Forgive the sinful weakness of my faith. Grant to me Your Holy Spirit through Your Word, that I may cheerfully and wholly rely upon You. Hear my prayer for Jesus Christ's sake. Amen.

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