“Look, if you sold a few sparrows, how much money would you get? A copper coin apiece, perhaps? And yet your Father in heaven knows when those small sparrows fall to the ground. You, beloved, are worth so much more than a whole flock of sparrows. God knows everything about you, even the number of hairs on your head. So do not fear.” (Matthew 10:29-31 Voice)
Many times fear grips our hearts when we look into our future with “what if’s” in our minds. The uncertainty of things that are yet to unfold make us agitated. But God Who is rich in mercy and abounding in love always has a redemptive solution to our agitation by the promises that He has for us in His Word that are never empty of power. If only we make it a priority to commune with Him where we silence our hearts and tune in into the frequency where His voice is clearly heard, it saves us from being flustered and troubled.
KNOW that He calls us His beloved. He sees us more valuable than anything else in this world. He knows the number of hairs on our heads. He knows when we get up and when we sleep. He knows and answers our prayers even before we ask them. He knows our needs and provides them to us according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus. He knows everything about us much more than we know ourselves. These things should put our hearts to rest KNOWING that He not only knows but He cares about every detail of our lives.
Do you have cares and concerns right now? Cast them upon Him for He deeply cares for you. Do not wait until anxiety’s fingers grab hold of your emotions and twist them into a mangled mess of panic. His Word says, “Which one of you can add a single hour to your life or 18 inches to your height by worrying really hard? If worry can’t change anything, why do you do it so much?” (Luke 12:25-26 Voice)
“Therefore humble yourselves [demote, lower yourselves in your own estimation] under the mighty hand of God, that in due time He may exalt you, CASTING the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.” (1 Peter 5:6-7 AMPC)
How interesting it is to know that the word “CASTING” in Greek is “epiripto”, a compound of the words “epi” and “ripto”. The word “epi” means upon, as on top of something. The word “ripto” means to hurl. to throw, or to cast, and it often means to violently throw or to fling something with great force.
Sometimes we come to the Lord in prayer with the intent of laying all our worries and anxiety down at His feet, but when we get up, we carry them back with us unconsciously. Then, we notice that nothing has changed. Our prayers seem to have a lid that is not reaching His ears. Now, we are back to square one and we want to be in control instead of casting them on Him and trusting Him completely that He knows what is best for us. Hmmmm … See, that He values us more than a whole flock of sparrows and not one of them falls to the ground without Him noticing it. He sees us every step of the way, but we need to learn how to cast our cares to Him knowing that HE CARES FOR US. To care means to be concerned, to be thoughtful, to be interested, to be aware, to notice, to give painful and meticulous attention. Indeed, He is very interested in every facet of our lives. He is very interested in everything that concerns us. He knows us too well that we are not meant to be weighed down and burdened.
You and I are designed for rest. When God created the world, man was created on the sixth day. Therefore, the first day of man which is the seventh day of creation was Sabbath, the day when God rested because the creation was done. We are not fashioned to carry pressures, stresses, worries and anxieties. Our bodies are not tailored for these. Many sickness and diseases are caused by these. Look at the word “disease”. It could be well perceived as “dis-ease”. Our lives are meant to be enjoyed with ease in Christ. Thus, Jesus said, “Come to Me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Put My yoke upon your shoulders—it might appear heavy at first, but it is perfectly fitted to your curves. Learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble of heart. When you are yoked to Me, your weary souls will find rest. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30 Voice).
When we meditate His Word day and night, our thought patterns change. Joy comes. Faith arises. Hope transpires. Love deepens. Peace fills us up. Armed with His Word as the sword of our spirits, we can approach each day flooded with His promises that are YES and AMEN, expectant to witness Him confirming His Word with signs following. We are to tune our ears to keep hearing and hearing the Word of Jesus where faith comes when received in our hearts which is able to save our souls and dislodges every worry and anxiety that fight their way to occupy our minds. Worry is a product of meditating the wrong thing. Why not change what we are filling our minds with?
“This Book of the Law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe and do according to all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall deal wisely and have good success.” (Joshua 1:8 AMPC)
When I purchased my new digital piano by faith https://heartofworship7.com/2021/01/26/he-orders-our-steps/, I needed to let go of my old keyboard and sell it. Knowing that the times we are in right now is not really a good platform for people to purchase a keyboard, it somehow gave me a slight question mark. But the Lord always reminded me that He KNOWS my need and will provide according to His glorious riches, that His economy is not subject to the world’s and that His favor is upon me. These promises caused my faith to be steady and strong as I kept meditating His Word. Another confirmation came when I read these words in Paula White’s Instagram post, “Don’t worry how it all comes together – God will orchestrate His plan and promise for you.”
As I was praying one night, I was speaking and releasing my old keyboard to go and do its future purpose much more than its usage while it was with me. It was exclusively used for my personal praise and worship, so this time I was declaring it to be used more for His glory. This was the vision that the Lord gave me and our visions set our expectations. Days went by and only a few inquired but not really seriously pursuing.
While waiting, the whispering lies of the enemy tried to put doubt in my mind. But because I was standing on the Lord’s promise and inclined my ears to His Word’s loud roars, it silenced and made the enemy’s lies grow dim and pale, putting my heart to rest. I also had a revelation that His Word says, “Wait upon the Lord …”. It did not say, “wait for it to manifest.” Hmmm … these are two different things. In Isaiah 40:31, it says, “But they who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” I believe that our waiting upon Him implies our expectant attitude of faith. It is to wait for His help, to trust in Him, to put our hope or confidence in Him. We set our eyes on Him and not on our situation. We wait and alert ourselves to every word that He speaks for His Word is always accompanied by His performance, just as a waiter waits and alerts himself for a word or a move of a person who is dining. His spoken Word breathed by the Holy Spirit is what gives us strength, patience and endurance knowing that He is faithful to do what He promised.
I remembered Abraham. He was promised by God to be a father of many nations. “And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.” (Romans 4:19-21) There is power in acknowledging and giving glory to God not when we get the breakthrough. We worship waiting upon His presence to clothe and envelope us, for where His presence is, fullness of joy is found, and the joy of the Lord is our strength.
A few days later, my friend who helped me advertise the sale of my keyboard suddenly messaged me that someone was interested to buy it and wanted to get it the very next day. Since I was working that day, we scheduled our meeting two days later.
Lo and behold, when the person came, he, too, is with the praise and worship team. He also mentioned that he will be using the keyboard in church. Praise the Lord. Now, the keyboard has gone into its next level of purpose from my personal worship to a corporate worship in church.
Indeed, the Lord knows when! The Lord knows who! The Lord knows how! The Lord knows why! Why then shall we worry when God knows?
“My covenant I will not break,
Nor alter the word that has gone out of My lips.
Once I have sworn by My holiness;
I will not lie … ” Psalm 89:34-35
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You that I am utterly secure in You because You know me. Your thoughts and knowledge of me are more than the sand in the sea that I can be absolutely assured to live worry-free Thank You, Jesus, for paying the steep price of Your suffering, death and resurrection that I may have and enjoy life in abundance, to the full till it overflows. Be my Lord and Savior each day. Your very presence in me is my confident expectation that only and surely goodness and mercy shall pursue me all the days of my life. Thank You, Holy Spirit for allowing me to become progressively acquainted and recognizing clearly and strongly the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, His kindness, His gracious generosity, His unmerited favor and His spiritual blessings that I may be enriched and abundantly supplied. Amen!