The apostle Peter exhorted his readers to cast “all your care upon [God], for He cares for you” (1 Pet. 5:7). For some folks this can actually be a hard thing to do. We like to be self-sufficient, to do things for ourselves, and not to depend on others. We are sometimes made to feel like a weakling or a failure if we depend on the help and assistance of others. Therefore, we resist it. And perhaps this resistance extends to our relationship with God.
We may be more willing to humble ourselves and depend on God if we understand why He cares for us.
We Are His Creation
Every person born on this earth is given life and a spirit by God. We are truly “His offspring” and in Him we “live, move, and have our being” (Acts 17:28). God desires fellowship with us, but our sins have ruined that relationship: “…your iniquities have separated you from your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you” (Isa. 59:2).
God has provided a resolution for that problem with the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus was given to die for us (Jn. 3:16). Through Him, we are made a “new creation” in fellowship with God (2 Cor. 5:17; Eph. 4:22-24).
God Understands Our Struggles
God the Word took on flesh and dwelt among us (Jn. 1:14). He partook in flesh and blood because “in all things He had to be made like His brethren that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest…for in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted” (Heb. 2:17, 18). “For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin” (4:15).
God Wants Us To Be Victorious
God really cares that you and I are successful. He has revealed the right way to go (Prov. 3:5-6), and has unmasked the dangers of Satan. With God’s help we can resist the devil, who prowls about to consume our soul. That help comes through “the faith” which is the word of God (1 Pet. 5:8-9; 1 Cor. 10:13). Filled with His strength and hope we give thanks “to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Cor. 15:57).
You may not like to depend on others, but you cannot defeat Satan and get to heaven on your own. All of us need God, and we depend on Him every day. Pray to God and humbly cast your every care upon Him. He really does care for you!