Cast Your Cares on Him

Isaiah-40-31

But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. — Isaiah 40:31

There is good reason for my solid hope in Christ, because You, Father, will heal all my weaknesses through Him, who sits at Your right hand and intercedes for us. If it were not so, I would despair, for my many weaknesses are severe; but even more severe is Your healing power.

We would be in despair if we thought that You were far from us, and if Your Word had not become flesh and lived among us.

I was once filled with terror by my sins and burdened with misery and was turning over in my mind a plan to flee into solitude; but You forbade me and strengthened me by Your words:

For this purpose Christ died for all, that they who are alive might not live for themselves but for Him who died for them. — 2 Corinthians 5:15

I cast my care upon You, Lord, so that I may live, and “I will contemplate the wonders you have revealed” (Psalm 40:5). You know how stupid and weak I am: teach me and heal me.

Your only Son, “in whom are hidden all treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:3), has redeemed me with His blood. “Let not the proud disparage me” (Psalm 123:4), for I am mindful of my ransom. I eat it, I drink it, I dispense it to others, and as a poor man I long to be filled with it with those who are fed. And then, “let those who seek Him praise the Lord” (Psalm 22:26).

-Augustine (AD 354 – 430) was the bishop of Hippo in Algeria and a prolific theological and philosophical writer. He had a dramatic conversion at age thirty-two, and he is best known for his Confessions, City of God, and On the Trinity.

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Your Turn

Pray this out loud to the Lord today. Have you thought in difficult moments that God’s power is severe — more severe than your weaknesses and sins? Be reminded today that as a Christian, you are bought with a price! Join the conversation on our blog! We’d love to hear your thoughts! ~ Devotionals Daily

James Stuart Bell

James Stuart Bell, Jr., is a former director of religious publishing at Doubleday, executive director of Bridge Publishing, and executive editor at Moody Publishing. The writer, editor, or compiler of more than 140 books, he owns Whitestone Communications, Inc., a literary development agency, and makes his home in the western suburbs of Chicago. Bell is married with four children.

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