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Seeds of Hope: Cast your Cares on the Lord

seeds_encouragement.epsYears ago an elderly lady boarded a train for the very first time in her life. As she sat comfortably in her seat, she continued to clutch her small suitcase tightly, fearing something might happen to it. As the train left the depot a conductor came to her and said, “Madam, if you’ll allow me I’ll place your suitcase under your seat so it won’t burden you down. The train is perfectly capable of carrying you and your baggage.” “Oh, no,” she objected. “I want to take care of my baggage by myself.”

Many of us are like that gracious, yet frightened elderly lady. We want to take care of our “baggage” by ourselves. In the most loving and encouraging way David advised us to “Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall!” The word “care” in Hebrew means “what is given to you in life, your lot.” And the word “sustains” means that He will “support and nourish” us.

When we throw our “lot” – or ourselves and all of our problems – on the Lord, He will not only hold us up and “sustain” us but he will “never let us fall!” David was nearly destroyed by men who wanted to deceive and destroy him. But it did not happen. He took all of his pain and problems, his attackers and adversaries, his sins and short comings to the Lord and God upheld him and stabilized him and saved him!
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