Daily Walk With God

My Daily Journey With God in Athens Ga.

When Problems Overwhelm

Written By: Rev. Darryl Mathis - Nov• 30•15

In John’s Gospel, the sixth chapter, a “great crowd of people” were coming towards Jesus and his disciples. Upon seeing this and knowing that the crowd of people would be tired and hungry, Jesus asks his disciple Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” We are told that Jesus asked Philip this question in order to “test” him. And we will find that Philip’s response would mostly likely be similar to our own: “Eight month’s wages would not buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!” Philip, like us, was looking at this problem (or opportunity) in terms of human understanding or thinking. Jesus however, had a divine solution in mind. The feeding of the 5,000 is the fourth of the seven signs of Jesus in the Gospel of John. 

Do you have a problem that you are trying to solve based on your own limited human understanding? So often we take matters into our own hands without going to God and trusting his guidance for a solution to our problem. We stare up at our “mountain” of problems and we become overwhelmed and frustrated when things don’t work out as we had planned. We fear that the climb up the mountain is too steep and dangerous and we begin to lose all hope. If you are facing small problems or monumental problems, turn to the God of hope as you begin to pour out your problems and lay out your fears before Him. Romans 15:13: May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Trust in God and follow the leading of God’s Holy Spirit and you will be filled with a peace that is beyond any human understanding. God doesn’t promise that our journey along the way will be quick, easy, or without some pain on our part. What He does promise however, is that He will be with you and will guide you every step of the way. God has already solved your problem; He is just waiting for you to trust Him and to follow Him. Deuteronomy 31:8: The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

Prayer: God, help me to trust in you and in your will for my life. Help me to not be afraid of what the future holds and to not be anxious over the many worries of life. Give me peace in my heart to trust you and to follow you, knowing that you have already worked out a solution to my problem(s) in advance. Help me to trust you completely and to have a strong faith that can move mountains. Amen.

John 6:1-15 (NIV)
Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand

6 Some time after this, Jesus crossed to the far shore of the Sea of Galilee (that is, the Sea of Tiberias), 2 and a great crowd of people followed him because they saw the signs he had performed by healing the sick. 3 Then Jesus went up on a mountainside and sat down with his disciples. 4 The Jewish Passover Festival was near.

5 When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” 6 He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.

7 Philip answered him, “It would take more than half a year’s wages to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!”

8 Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, 9 “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?”

10 Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass in that place, and they sat down (about five thousand men were there). 11 Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.

12 When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” 13 So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.

14 After the people saw the sign Jesus performed, they began to say, “Surely this is the Prophet who is to come into the world.” 15 Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself.

Giving Thanks

Written By: Rev. Darryl Mathis - Nov• 27•15

Psalm 100 (NIV)

1  Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness;
    come before him with joyful songs.
Know that the Lord is God.
    It is he who made us, and we are his;
    we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving
    and his courts with praise;
    give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
    his faithfulness continues through all generations.

With so much turmoil going on in the world today, I find comfort in the words of Psalm 100. This passage reveals to us why God is so completely worthy of our praise. God created each person on the face of this earth, and if you confess your belief in God and in Christ, you belong to God and you are counted as one of His people. God intimately knows you, He cares about you and He always wants the best for you. This knowledge about the personal nature of God should cause us to “shout for joy to the Lord” and to “worship the Lord with gladness and “with joyful songs.”

Psalm 139:13: For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
Jeremiah 29:11: 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.
Matthew 10:30: And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.

“Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.” We should begin each day of the year praising God and cultivating thankful hearts.

As I grow older, I find myself looking back on past Thanksgivings and recalling some of my fondest memories. My favorite remembrances most often revolve around family and the sharing of a meal. Everything seemed to move at a slower pace and being with family was what mattered most during the week of Thanksgiving. I remember long conversations over dinner and I don’t remember anyone being in a hurry to rush off to score the best deals on pre-Black Friday shopping. I mentioned to my wife this week how I longed for those days again when everything seemed much simpler and slower paced.

During this past month, I have tried to be more intentional to begin each day by giving thanks to God for what matters most. I am blessed to have a wonderful, loving family and I thank God every day for each one of them. I am also thankful for a soon to be new addition to our family, as my oldest daughter has found the man that she wants to spend the rest of her life with. I am so very grateful for the blessings of good health for our family. I am grateful to God that we always have food on the table and a roof over our head. I am thankful to God for each new day that He gives me to spend with my family and to be the hands and feet of Christ to those that I encounter each day.

This year I was especially thankful for the slow paced meal and the good conversation that we enjoyed around the table. My aunt, who is 91 years old, told us a funny story that had everyone around the table laughing out loud. As she was asked to tell the story a second time, I looked at my family and was filled with joy to see the smiles on their faces and to hear their laughter. For those few precious moments, I was able to go back in time and remember Thanksgiving meals from the 70’s and 80’s, where no one was in a hurry to go shopping and laughter filled the dining room and warmed our hearts. As I grow older, these are the simpler things that I am so thankful and grateful for.


God Remains in Control

Written By: Rev. Darryl Mathis - Nov• 24•15

There is so much violence and terrorism in the world today and people are afraid. I completely understand that feeling of fear, because I am fearful of what the world will be like for my loved ones as they grow older. You can’t read or hear the news without experiencing some degree of worry or concern. It seems that the value of human life is something that is not considered treasured or sacred anymore. We first witnessed the downing of a Russian airliner on October 31st that killed 224 souls, and we now know that a terror group was behind the downing of that airliner. Then a few days ago, this same terror group struck Paris and took the lives of even more innocent people. And this morning, we are told of many potential threats against our own country, especially during the upcoming holiday season. Many people say that this world is out of control and it’s easy to understand why they think that. At first glance, it does appear that this world is spiraling towards complete and utter chaos.

There is a fierce battle that is raging and it is one that most people do not even consider. This battle is being waged by the “spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12). Paul in his letter to the Ephesians, makes it clear that our battle is not a “struggle against flesh and blood” but rather “against the rulers, against the authorities, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12). Satan is behind all of the violence and destruction that we are witnessing in the world today. He knows that his time is coming to an end and he is relentlessly waging a war to bring about death, destruction, and turmoil upon the world. The evil one wants us to be afraid and to turn our attention away from God and His truth that Satan has already been defeated.

The Apostle Paul instructs us how it is possible to live a life that completely trusts in God and in His plan for this world. “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes” (Ephesians 6:10-11). We are called to have faith in God and to trust in His plan for this world. We will never fully understand in this life why events may unfold as they do, but we can certainly trust that in spite of whatever occurs, God is in control. That alone should give us peace to overcome the many fears and dangers that we may face.

God is in control of this world! This is something that all who believes in God must remember. Satan (“the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient” Ephesians 2:2) wants us to think that God has lost control of this world. Scripture however, reminds us that God remains in control of this world and that all we see unfolding is a part of God’s plan. As believers, we know how the story ends, God wins! Satan and death already stand defeated.

“Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand” (Ephesians 6:13). Evil does not have the last word, God does!

The Grace and Peace of God

Written By: Rev. Darryl Mathis - Nov• 10•15

Tonight as I write this blog, I find myself needing to draw closer to God. I need to be reminded of just how holy and powerful God is. As believers, we serve a God that created this world that we live in and also each one of us. “The heavens are yours, and yours also the earth; you founded the world and all that is in it” (Psalm 89:11). “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well” (Psalm 139:13-14).

When I feel that I am alone in my struggles, I turn to this passage, which serves to remind me that God is always watching over me. “O Lord, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O Lord” (Psalm 139: 1-4). It encourages and strengthens me to know that God is aware of me and watching over me.

When you feel overwhelmed with anxiety and worry, turn to God who can give you peace. This world that we live in cannot offer the peace that flows freely from our heavenly father. Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (John 14:27). “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7). Allow the peace of Christ to take the place of  your worries and doubts.

Are you struggling with disappointment? Have things not worked out the way you have planned or hoped for? Sometimes God says no and we must understand that it is for our own good that it happened that way. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).

We often think that our problems are impossible to solve and we allow this world that we live in to beat us down. Many times we attempt to solve our problems with our limited understanding and we end up making our situation even worse. Trust in God to solve your problems and to guide you in the direction that you should go. Proverbs 3: 5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Luke 18:27: Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.”

The Apostle Paul reminds us that nothing can separate us from God’s love. As I think about this passage from Romans, my strength and faith is continually renewed. Romans 8:38-39: “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

May the peace of Christ be with you!

Treasures in Heaven

Written By: Rev. Darryl Mathis - Nov• 04•15

Luke 11:43 (NIV): “Woe to you Pharisees, because you love the most important seats in the synagogues and greetings in the marketplaces.”

Luke 12:15 (NIV): Then he (Jesus) said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”

Matthew 6:19-21 (NIV): “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

I have always tried to teach my children the importance of being kind and merciful to those in our society that are less fortunate. And although I have made many mistakes as a parent, I believe that I have been successful in helping my children to be kind to and befriend those who desperately need some kindness and compassion. Over the years, I have been blessed to watch my children make friends with those of different races, nationalities, and even religious backgrounds. They have often made friendships and long lasting relationships with those who had no one else to befriend them.

I had a conversation with someone recently about church. As we talked, I noticed that this person was describing people at church in terms of their job titles or their status in the community. This person even mentioned what kind of vehicle they owned. I couldn’t help but wonder if this person’s primary objective in going to church was to be seen and to be noticed by being in the presence of “important” people. This person always talks about “important people” instead of the presence of God’s Holy Spirit during the time of worship. It makes me wonder if this person has the right priorities when it comes to worship and in their daily walk with God. Material possessions and getting ahead seem to take a higher priority than being compassionate and merciful towards others.

Jesus, when noticing how guests chose their places of honor at the table said, “But when you are invited, take the lowest place (seat or place of honor) (Luke 14:10). Being humble and considering others greater than yourself is what Jesus calls his followers to do. Throughout the Gospels, we find that Jesus spent his time around those who were less fortunate. He cared for those that society had cast aside. He had compassion on and he healed those, whom society didn’t even notice. If you call yourself a follower of Christ, you should be doing the same. Always strive to consider everyone greater than yourself. Jesus said, “Indeed there are those who are last who will be first, and first who will be last” (Luke 13:30).

Go out into the world and live out your calling as a Christ follower by being kind, compassionate, and merciful to those that you encounter each and every day. By doing so, you will store up for yourself “treasures in heaven” (Matthew 6:20). The good things that you do in this life that have eternal value will be rewarded in the eternal life in heaven. Are you storing up treasures on earth or treasures in heaven?


The Good Stuff

Written By: Rev. Darryl Mathis - Oct• 29•15

Romans 5:1-5(NIV):
1Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.

I heard a sermon this past Sunday on this text from Romans chapter 5. Our pastor referred to this text from Romans as “The Good Stuff.” He went on to define, “The Good Stuff,” as “being justified by faith, having peace with God, grace, hope, and glory!” The text from Romans reveals to us that we find peace with God through our Lord Christ Jesus, when we place our faith in him. Our faith in Christ gives us an inner peace that we can reflect in an outward way in this world that we live in.

In verse 3, the Apostle Paul makes it abundantly clear, that as a follower of Christ, you will face many troubles, sufferings, and hardships. Those who preach the prosperity gospel completely miss this important truth of the Bible. If you are a follower of Christ, and you are living out your calling to be the light of Christ in the midst of a sinful and fallen world, you will experience suffering and rejection. Satan, will come after you in full force to interrupt or prevent your ministry for Christ. The Apostle Paul experienced this first hand as he said, “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed” (2 Corinthians 4:8-9).

As Christians, we should be encouraged when we experience sufferings, troubles, and hardships. Those defining moments let us know that we are living out the life of faith that we are called into by Christ. So hang in there and continue on in your walk of faith knowing that you are on the right path. Satan is worried about what believers are doing in the world and he is doing everything in his power to silence our ministry for Christ. If you are a Christian, and you are not experiencing any of these things, then you need to ask yourself why Satan isn’t concerned about you. Have you become so comfortable with the world and the way that it operates, that you no longer “take up your cross daily” (Luke 9:23) and follow Christ? Are you a citizen of this world or a citizen of heaven? A citizen of heaven is someone who is just passing through this world but also called to change this world by bringing others to faith in Christ.

The text from Romans encourages us by telling us to rejoice in our sufferings. “We rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom we has given us” (Romans 5:2-5). The Holy Spirit lives within every believer, helping us to grow in our faith and to overcome and endure the many troubles that this world sends our way. The Holy Spirit helps us to emerge stronger and with a character that produces hope.

Our pastor said, “THIS kind of hope will NEVER disappoint. Why? Because, Christian hope is not some empty illusion. It is founded on the love of God and is given by the One who our Father gave us to walk along beside us – the very Holy Spirit of God. So no matter how dark or how bad things may seem, have hope! God is not finished!”

I pray that you find this “hope” in your daily walk with God. Remember that God loves you so much that he “poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.” May the power of the Spirit be with you in the midst of your sufferings and troubles. And remember to give thanks to God and to rejoice in your sufferings, for then you are truly a child of God and a follower of Christ. “And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.”

Nothing is Impossible With God

Written By: Rev. Darryl Mathis - Oct• 15•15

It never ceases to amaze me how we can receive an unexpected word from God. I have been reading through the New Testament, and this morning I was reading the passage from Luke chapter 1, where the angel Gabriel foretells the birth of Jesus to Mary. I almost didn’t read it, because it was a familiar passage, and I didn’t think that I would hear a much needed word from God by reading that text. I went ahead and read the passage anyway, and as I did, I was reminded of a truth that I very much needed to hear. Luke 1:37: “For nothing is impossible with God.” 

Have you been struggling with something that seems impossible to you? Have you lost faith that God can do the impossible and bring about a drastic change in your life? We all experience those times in life when we become dejected or we feel hopeless. Our worries and our failures seem to entangle us and we suddenly feel lost and disheartened. It is at this point in life that many began to lose faith. When life gets you down and your troubles seem to overwhelm you, remember and repeat these six powerful words from the Gospel writer Luke, “For nothing is impossible with God.”

A man in my Sunday school class recently asked for prayer because he was laid off from work without any notice. He said that it was the first time in thirty years that he did not have a job. I also know of people who are struggling with health issues as they seek answers and healing. There are many parents who are worried about their children and how to raise them to trust the Lord, instead of trusting this worldly culture that seeks to draw them away from God. When you can’t visualize a way out of your current situation in life, repeat and believe in these six authoritative words, “For nothing is impossible with God.”

I don’t intend to imply that simply repeating these six words will change your circumstance in life. There are two other conditions that must be present as you seek to overcome your own situation; faith and prayer.

Luke tells us that Mary believed what God promised her, through the angel Gabriel, would come true. Her faith, her belief in God’s promises, is what enabled her to face the many joys and difficulties that awaited her. Her cousin Elizabeth praised Mary’s faith by saying, “Blessed is she who believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!” (Luke 1:45). The Apostle Paul reminds us that, “we live by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7).

Prayer is the second condition that must be present as you seek God’s guidance and mercy. Again, the Apostle Paul tells us how we should approach our daily life of faith: “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). In our joy and in our despair, we must give thanks to God and trust that He is working out circumstances for our own good. And we pray, we pray constantly, asking God to help us to trust Him even more, as we experience the many joys and difficulties of life. “For nothing is impossible with God.”



A Model Prayer Life

Written By: Rev. Darryl Mathis - Oct• 01•15

“For the effect of prayer is union with God, and, if someone is with God, he is separated from the enemy.” Gregory of Nyssa

Jesus was tempted for forty days in the desert and I’m certain that prayer played an important role during that time of temptation. As Jesus continued on in his ministry, daily prayer and time alone with God was necessary for Jesus to recharge himself and to determine God’s will. “At daybreak Jesus went out to a solitary place” (Luke 4:42). Why did Jesus seek out a solitary place? To pray – and to spend valuable time alone with God. If Jesus gave prayer this high of a priority, how much more do we need this daily time alone with God as well? Jesus desired this prayer time alone with God in order to draw strength for the mission that awaited him, and so should we. 

When we spend time in prayer with God, we separate ourselves from the enemy and his many evil schemes and desires. We also begin to learn more about God’s plan for our lives as we draw near to God in prayer. Prayer serves to protect us from the devil’s intention of interrupting or destroying our union with God. As I sat down today to read my Bible and pray, the evil one tried every way possible to disrupt my time alone with God. I began to think about some challenges that are ahead of me and my mind began to wander in many different directions. The evil one knows that when we spend time in prayer with God, we draw closer to God and further away from the enemy’s influence. Satan will go to any lengths to keep us from this union with God through prayer. He will do anything to lessen our effectiveness as followers of Christ.

“Through prayer we guard our chastity, control our temper and rid ourselves of vanity. It makes us forget injuries, overcomes envy, defeats injustice and makes amends for sin. Through prayer we obtain physical well-being, a happy home, and a strong, well-ordered society.” Gregory of Nyssa

As Jesus was carrying out his earthly ministry, crowds of people followed him to hear him teach and to be healed. “Yet the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses. But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed” (Luke 5:15-16). It’s apparent that Jesus needed this prayer time alone with God to recharge and ready himself for the next day of ministry – and so do we! As you face the many trials, challenges and temptations that life sends your way, you also need this daily quiet time of prayer with your heavenly Father. Through prayer, God can heal our very souls and minds so that we can become more attuned to the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

“Prayer is intimacy with God and contemplation of the invisible. Prayer is the enjoyment of things present and the substance of the things to come.” Gregory of Nyssa

“One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles” (Luke 6:12-13). Jesus prayed to God when important decisions needed to be made and in this instance he spent the entire night praying! How often do you take to God your most important decisions and ask for His guidance? And how often do you follow that guidance?

The reason that the Gospels give us a glimpse into the prayer life of Jesus is:
1) To help us understand that prayer is something to be taken seriously. It is a “union with God” where we are “separated from the enemy.” As Christians, we need this many times throughout our day. Prayer “will refresh you when you are weary and comfort you when you are sorrowful.”
2) To teach us to pray often. Prayer is to be practiced daily, multiple times a day, and even throughout the night, if necessary. Prayer helps us to develop a more trusting relationship with God and to seek His will. It also “makes us forget injuries, overcomes envy, defeats injustice and makes amends for sin.”
3) To help us determine God’s will in our daily lives. Jesus spent the entire night praying to God before selecting his twelve disciples. As we draw near to God through prayer we learn to become more aware of how God and his Holy Spirit are moving in our lives. We learn to become more obedient to God and to trust him fully. “Prayer is intimacy with God and contemplation of the invisible.”

The Apostle Paul reminds us to “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).

The god Of This World

Written By: Rev. Darryl Mathis - Sep• 27•15

1 Peter 5:6-9: Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.

In our scripture text yesterday, Peter encouraged us to humble ourselves before God. Once we realize that we are dependent upon our creator God and we so desperately need him to guide and sustain our life, we can cast all of our anxiety and fears upon him. Why? Scripture tells us it is because God cares for us. He loves each one of us and wants the best for us; he wants to give us His grace. And it is God’s grace that can sustain us through some of life’s darkest times.

In today’s text, Peter urges us to be self-controlled and alert to the many schemes and traps of the devil. Peter wants us to know that the devil is actively at work in our world looking to destroy anyone that he can, especially those who are children of God. The Apostle Paul, in his letter to the Corinthians, plainly tells us that Satan is the god of this world: And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God (2 Corinthians 4:3-4).

Satan knows that his time is short and he is out to destroy or to make the Christian an ineffective witness for God. Peter tells us that the devil is like a “roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” It’s no coincidence that the many wars and terrorist activities around the world are being unleashed by the devil in order to create as much havoc and suffering as he possible can. When you read and hear of Christians being killed simply because they are Christian, you must know and understand that Satan is behind these types of atrocities. Satan is surely at work in Syria and is behind the many terrible deaths and destruction that we are witnessing there and in many other parts of the world. As followers of Christ, we know that Satan already stands defeated. At the second coming of Christ, Satan will be cast out and God will restore the earth to what He intended it to be, as Christ returns in power and glory.

In the meantime, Peter urges us to resist the many temptations that the devil sends our way. He implores us to stand firm in the faith, knowing that other fellow believers are undergoing many of the same kinds of suffering. Resisting the evil one and standing firm in your faith is not always an easy thing to do, but it is the only thing to do if you are a child of God and a follower of Christ. God will reward your firm and steadfast faith if you call upon His name to help you conquer the attacks of the evil one.

“And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen” (1Peter 5:10-11).

Casting Your Cares Upon God

Written By: Rev. Darryl Mathis - Sep• 26•15

1 Peter 5: 6-7 (NIV): Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

The first word in this text from 1 Peter, gives believers an important clue as to how they should live out their life of faith, especially during times of anxiety or worry. The Apostle Peter tells us to “humble” ourselves. As we grow and mature in our faith, we should become more humble as we approach God and as we interact with other people.

It’s no coincidence that most of the Christians I look up to are humble people. I don’t know about you, but I greatly prefer being around humble people in life. For me, it’s difficult to be around people who are arrogant, boastful, and completely wrapped up in themselves. So many people today crave attention and they want to be noticed.

Our text reminds us that we are to “humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.” Peter makes it clear that there will be times of suffering and uncertainty that we must endure. And as we undergo these sufferings, and moments of worry and doubt, we can look to God for relief. Why? Because “he cares for you.” We can take to God ALL of our worry and doubt and “cast” it all upon him, because God cares for you! For me, this is one of the most reassuring verses in all of scripture. God cares for and is concerned about you and me.

As you read this, I don’t know what your specific worry or worries might be. Many of you are struggling with health issues and you desperately need to have some worry and anxiety lifted from you. Others may be worried about their children, or other family members, who are going through difficult and challenging times. It could be your job, or lack of a job, that has you worried and afraid. I can’t help but think about and pray for the many refugees, especially those fleeing Syria, who are filled with fear and uncertainty about their future, or if they will even have a future. In times and situations like these, all I know to do is to turn to God and pray for his mercy and his care. “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”