Today’s Bible Verse
“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 5:7 (AMPC)
Work Out the Worry
In Ecclesiastes 3:1, we read, “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven.” I recall one particular “season” that was very difficult for me. Several years ago, my husband had a strong desire to attend Bible school. When he conveyed that the location was in Columbus, Ohio, I was rather shocked and felt very saddened. I was sad because my stepfather had just retired and appeared to have an expectation to spend time with our first-born child. I was shocked because I was born and raised in Hawaii and I never left the island of Oahu except to go on vacation. Even though I had moments of feeling excited for the new experiences to come, I began to be concerned that I would not have any family or friends nearby to give me the support I would need. I know that this may sound silly, but I’d anxiously wonder if we would have ample clothing and necessities for this new lifestyle. I also questioned myself if I was equipped to care for our firstborn child while my husband was away at school during the day then straight to work thereafter. I was especially feeling timid as to how I was supposed to handle the blistery wind, sleet, snow and below zero temperatures. Needless to say, these cares, anxieties and worrisome concerns were rooted to the spirit of fear (of the unknown).
I recall asking my husband if he was sure that God had spoken to him to attend Bible college in Ohio. His response was that he had fasted and prayed, and God confirmed his desire through the Word. In addition, our senior pastors, Art and Kuna, gave us their blessings since at that time our church did not have a Bible school available to attend. I experienced a struggle because it seemed “everyone” was well about moving to Ohio except me. I honestly did not think that I was being rebellious, though I’ll admit I had some selfish desires. The truth is, I was just trying to prepare myself and simply needed to be fully persuaded that this was the will of God (for me and my household). After all, Ohio was not just down the street or an outer island. I thank God that I had enough sense, having been trained by my pastors, to know that ignoring or trying to fill the void with things or people would not be sufficient. I began the process of casting the whole of my care, all my anxieties, all my worries, all my concerns, once and for all, on the Lord. I did this by turning my attention to the Scriptures. As I sought the Lord, there were so many good Scriptures, yet my spirit was not satisfied. I also experienced days when I was so impatient. I wanted an answer from God, now. Then one day, God by His grace spoke clearly to me through Hebrews 11:8, “By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as an inheritance, OBEYED and WENT, EVEN THOUGH HE DID NO KNOW WHERE HE WAS GOING.”
Wow! With my eyes drowning in tears, I knew this was God’s response to me. It was like this verse just jumped out at me. The eyes of my understanding were enlightened, and I began to know the hope of His calling (Ephesians 1:17-19). God’s love began to grip me to be still and meditate on Him and His Word, day and night (Joshua 1:8). So, I camped out, reading and speaking that verse over and over again, over me, my family and future. I accepted God’s counsel to take the next steps by faith just as Abraham trusted God. I began to see the future as my inheritance. I felt so full, confident, rooted and satisfied. It was as if a simultaneous joyous freedom filled my heart as the care [all my anxieties, all my worries, all my concerns and doubt left me. The burden of my heart was truly removed by the power of the Word of God. The Holy Spirit was helping me WORK OUT THE WORRY. Sometimes we forget that in order to experience that abundant “worry-free” life, we must go to the place where God is leading, and it starts (through the counsel of His Word) in that secret place.
Something to Think About
There is no doubt that a very important way to cast the whole of my care is to REPLACE those feelings and thoughts with the Word of God. Romans 12:2 (TPT), reminds us to, “Stop imitating the ideals and opinions of the culture around you, but be inwardly transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how you think. This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life, satisfying and perfect in his eyes.”
My family and I truly became the beneficiary of God’s freedom by finding His truth for our lives through His Word. After my husband earned his Bible school credentials, we notified our pastors and returned back to our home church, Word of Life. We continue to be planted and reap the blessings of responding to God through His Word. Wouldn’t you agree that our God truly makes everything beautiful in His time? Amen! (Pastor Darlene Tsuha)
My God is El Shaddai, the God that is more than enough and running over! He always looks out for me! Today I chose to WORK OUT THE WORRY. I declare that I am established, grounded, secure, strong, immovable and unshakable because I do not conform to the standards of this world; but I am transformed by renewing of my mind– by the Word of God! His Word brings me an abundantly-packed, freedom-filled life that is pressed down, shaken together and running over in Jesus’ Name!
Today’s Bible Reading
- Old Testament: Ezekiel 48; Job 17
- New Testament: John 12:12-19; 1 John 5:1-12