“Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.”

1 Peter 5:7

Thursday, 19 November 2020

1 Peter 5:7

What do you do with this offer to cast all your worries and cares to God? Who can say no to such a gift? I know I would jump at any opportunity to have my troubles sorted. The mistake we make when it comes to this scripture about casting all our worries and cares to God is that we think it means we will not have any troubles again or that God will quickly sort them out for us.

We forget to exercise some patience. We want quick fixes to the problems we have. When those quick solutions do not come, we ask ourselves if God truly cares for us as he says he does. We begin to doubt God because we have not received immediate remedies to the problems we have.

If there is one thing I have noticed or learned from praying, it is patience. Patience is cultivated in us as we pray continuously bring our struggles to God until they no longer feel like struggles. Sometimes it can be hard to believe that God cares about us and loves us. As we experience trying times, we feel abandoned by God.  We may feel so alone that even praying becomes a tough thing to do. Is God listening as we keep saying the same thing over and over again?

This scripture today gives us the assurance that God cares for us and wants to help us carry our crosses and troubles, especially the ones deep in our hearts.

Do I know myself as loved and cared for by God? Do I love and care for others around me so that I can help them carry their worries?

Gracious Lord,

Teach me to hold my cross alongside you patiently. Help me to remember that you love ME and will always be there for me.


Ms Nonto Thulile Mhlongo

Nonto Mhlongo works at the St Lucia Retreat and Training Centre giving retreats. She has completed the spiritual direction training programme with the Jesuit Institute.

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