Bear Morton

Bear Morton

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God’s Word, the Bible, has numerous commands with calls for action. Many of these commands are directed towards the redeemed, those who have trusted and believed in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Through this great redemption, the born-again believer is empowered by the Holy Spirit to obey these commands out of a love for Christ. His obedience never adds even one ounce to this completed salvation in Jesus Christ, but it does show his love and devotion to the One who has saved him. He becomes a new creature in Christ; the old patterns of his life pass away, the empowerment of the Holy Spirit takes hold, and out comes obedience to the Scriptures.

All of this is because of who the redeemed are in Christ. This is based on trust — trust that the One in whom he believes is no less than God, that He is the One who conquered sin and death through His death and resurrection. No mere man could ever do what Jesus has done through His death and resurrection — become our Savior and Redeemer. Beloved, Jesus is all you ever need. He is your satisfaction, your God, your Redeemer, and your Great Shepherd. You need nothing else in this life or the next but Jesus. He holds the supreme position in your life.

He is to be the center of all your wants and needs, because He is your provider. He gives you what you need and checks your heart on your wants. When it comes to trials and tribulations, He is a God who cares, a God who shows His hand and character in the life of the one who trusts in Him. What a great God we serve! It should be easy to trust Him, since He has never left or forsaken any of His “sheep.” His promises are sure. Neither the world nor the evil one can ever thwart His truth or plan. They are useless against Him and His will. Jesus is all we need.

With that truth fixed in our minds, there is a small but powerful Scripture tucked away in 1 Peter 5 that has immense implications for our souls. It says in verse seven of that chapter, “Casting all your anxiety upon Him because He cares for you.” These words are soothing to a wounded soul. They point believers to the One whom we can trust because of who He is and what He has done. They demonstrate God’s compassion and love. The word “casting” means to throw something. It’s like fishing: You cast your line in the water. You throw it from you. In this case, notice that we are told to “cast anxiety”, which in context means all of the discontent, discouragement, despair, questioning, wondering, pain, and suffering that we might be going through. We are to give it all to Him and exchange it for trust in the God who truly cares about us. Hannah is a great illustration of this in 1 Samuel 1:10–18. Desperately wanting a baby boy, she cast her anxiety on God. “She, greatly distressed, prayed to the Lord and wept bitterly.” She was a broken-hearted woman under God’s mighty hand of testing. The passage tells us, “She made a vow and said, ‘O Lord of hosts, if You will indeed look on the affliction of your maidservant and remember me and not forget Your maidservant but will give Your maidservant a son, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life, and a razor shall never come on his head.’ Now it came about, as she continued praying before the Lord, that Eli was watching her mouth. As for Hannah, she was speaking in her heart, only her lips were moving, but her voice was not heard. So Eli thought she was drunk. Then Eli said to her, ‘How long will you make yourself drunk? Put away your wine from you.’ But Hannah replied, ‘No, my lord. I am a woman oppressed in spirit; I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but I have poured out my soul before the LORD. Do not consider your maidservant as a worthless woman, for I have spoken until now out of my great concern and provocation.’ Then Eli answered and said, ‘Go in peace; and may the God of Israel grant your petition that you have asked of Him.’ She said, ‘Let your maidservant find favor in your sight.’ So the woman went her way and ate, and her face was no longer sad.” As we continue to read 1 Samuel 1, we see that God gave her a child. What happened to her before that? It says in verse 18, “she went her way and ate and her face was no longer sad.” Why? How was it no longer sad? Had anything changed? No. But what had she done with the burden? She gave it to the Lord, the One who would carry it for her.

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That’s the issue here, beloved. Why should you cast all your anxieties on the Lord? Because He cares for you. Psalm 55:22 says, “Cast your burden on the LORD and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.” Jesus said in the Sermon on the Mount, “If He takes care of the lilies of the field, do you think He’ll clothe you? If He feeds the birds of the air, do you think He’ll feed you?” Paul says, “My God shall supply all [emphasis mine] your need.” Why let worries consume you? Why fret and stew about things? Beloved, you have a God who is so great and so mighty, and whether you realize it or not, He cares for you! So start casting!

Bear Morton shepherds Christ’s flock at Magic Valley Bible Church. Feel free to check out and contact this church at mvbible.org.

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