"HE CARES FOR YOU"
I. LIFE IS FILLED WITH CARES.
A. Paul spoke of the cares of the ministry.
1. He said that on his many travels he was faced with the perils of waters, in perils from robbers, in perils from his own countrymen, in peril from the heathen, in the perils of the city in the perils of the wilderness, in the perils of the sea, and in perils among false brethren. He was often weary and in pain. Many times he was hungry and thirsty, he was in freezing conditions without sufficient clothing. Added to all of this was the daily care of all of the churches.
2. No matter what your lot in life, it brings its share of care.
a. I think of the cares that you housewives and mothers have.
1. The managing of the household.
2. Getting the kids off to school on time.
3. Having all of the meals ready.
4. Keeping the clothes clean.
5. The care for the safety of your children.
6. A lady in our church in Corona said to Kay when we had three little ones under five. "Now they are hand care, there will come a day when they will be heart care."
b. The cares of the husband.
1. The pressures of the job.
2. The pressures of all of the bills.
3. The care of providing for the needs of the family.
c. These cares are often compounded in the life of the single parent, as they have to take the roll of mother and father.
B. Many people find that the cares become more than they are able to bear.
1. Some try to escape the cares by running from them.
a. This surely is not God's way.
b. This kind of irresponsibility only makes the problem much greater for those who are left.
c. It has to be the height of self-centeredness and the cowardly way out.
2. Many people try to dump their cares on others.
a. They seek to place the burdens that they are not willing to bear on others.
b. They make a total mess out of their life by their stubborn rebellion against authority, then they want to dump that mess on someone else to take the responsibility of getting them out.
c. Jesus spoke of the scribes and Pharisee's who bound up burdens too heavy to carry and then put them on the backs of others, but would not as much as move their little finger to carry the load.
C. Somehow I feel that God never intended man to live under such pressures as we face in our modern society.
1. It seems that we live in a pressure cooker.
a. The pressure of driving to work.
b. The pressure that we face at work.
c. The pressure of the freeway driving home from work.
d. The pressures of the family when we get home.
2. I sometime question if society is advancing or retrogressing.
3. We work hard and under great pressure for fifty weeks out of the year so that we can load the trailer up and go camping for two weeks.
a. We look forward to a relaxing time just fishing and then cooking the catch over an open fire.
b. To sit around the campfire at night and look up at the star filled sky and think of the glories of God.
c. We say that this is real living, it was worth the fifty weeks of labor.
3. The primitive man spent his whole life just hunting and fishing and cooking his meals over the open fire, and we feel sorry for him.
4. It is interesting that he never seemed to need a psychiatrist.
II. WHAT WE ARE TO DO WITH OUR CARES. "CASTING ALL OF YOUR CARES UPON HIM."
A. Hannah the mother of Samuel had great cares.
1. In that culture, she shared her husband with another woman.
2. She suffered under a cultural curse of not being able to bear a child.
3. The other wife who was jealous of their husbands obvious preference for Hannah was able to bear many children and would taunt Hannah over her barrenness.
4. The heavy care was more than she could bare, and she found herself often weeping and unable to eat.
5. If finally brought a rift between her husband and her, for one day as they were travelling together he asked her why she was weeping and was not eating.
6. He could not understand her deep longing for a child, like a typical husband he thought, "She has me, what more could she want?"
7. We read that as they were in Shiloh worshipping the Lord she was in bitterness of soul and weeping as she was praying. Her grief was so deep that she could not audibly utter her prayer but her lips were moving but no sounds were coming out.
8. As the High Priest Eli passed by and saw her in this condition, he thought she was drunk and said, "How long are you going to be drunk, get rid of your wine."
9. She answered the High Priest, "I am not drunk, I am a woman with a sorrowful heart, and I have poured out my soul unto the Lord."
10. She had cast her care upon the Lord.
11. Note that when she cast her care upon her husband, he did not understand her, and it brought sort of a rift.
12. When she cast them upon the Lord she received the assurance that God would grant her petition, and she ate and began to rejoice.
B. How many of our cares are we to cast on Him?
III. HE CARETH FOR YOU.
A. Have you ever felt that no one really understood you, or really cared?
1. Have you ever felt all alone in your sorrow?
2. It is interesting how that Satan begins to play his games in our minds.
a. He seeks to make us feel that no one has ever suffered as much as we.
b. That we are all alone, in our fight for righteousness.
c. Like Elijah we often feel that I only I am left, and they are seeking my life.
B. What a comforting thought, "He careth for me."
1. Though all may fail and forsake me, He has promised never to leave me or forsake Me.
2. How this thought encourages me.
C. He cares for you more than you can ever realize.
1. Through Jeremiah the prophet, God spoke to the captives in Babylon who felt that they had been deserted by God. For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Verse 12: Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.
Verse 13: You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
Jer. 29:11 NIV
D. How do we know that He really cares for us?
1. Jesus was constantly telling the disciples of the Father's care for them. He told them that they did not have to worry about things.
a. Their Father sees that the birds are fed.
b. He sees that the fields are robed in beautiful colors.
c. If He sees to the birds needs, how much more will He see to the needs of His children.
d. Their Father knows they have need of these things.
e. We sing, "He knows my name, He knows my every thought, He sees each tear that falls, and He hears me when I call."
2. If Satan should ever cause you to question or doubt the care that God has for you, just look at the cross.
a. There God showed you just how much He cares.
b. Paul said, "If God spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how much more shall He not freely give us all things?"
E. You who came to church today feeling under pressure and strain because of the things you experienced this past week, and for the things that you will be facing tomorrow. "Cast all of your cares upon Him, for He careth for you."