“Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.” (Psalm 55:22 NIV)
“And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20 NIV)
King David had foes all around him for all of his life. Many were loyal, but many wanted him dead. Even his own son, Absalom, swayed the people over to himself to the point that they anointed him King. David had political and family troubles. He had a lot of worries and cares! Most of Psalm 55 is a listing of things that cause anxiety and fear… but David ends with “Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you…”
The resurrected Christ appears to the women, and while they fall at His feet in worship, they are also terrified! Jesus says ‘Do not be afraid’ (Matthew 28:10). Later He gave the awesome and massive commission to the Disciples who had gathered on the mountain in Galilee. I can’t imagine the range of emotions they must have been feeling. Here was Jesus, whom they saw crucified, alive! He was sending them out with a job to make disciple of the whole world! Questions and worry must have been swarming over them, but Jesus ends by promising His very Presence. Not just for a day or a year, but until the end of time!
Life and ministry brings a slew of difficult circumstances. Following Jesus is not the path of least resistance. In fact, we know that the principalities and powers of this dark world are set against us. It’s enough to shake you!
What do we do? In the midst of difficult days we pray. We remind ourselves of Jesus’ very Presence. We cast all our cares on the Lord for He cares for us! (1 Peter 5:7) We remember the promises of Psalm 55, that the Lord will sustain us. He will never let the righteous be shaken.
Father, I have been slow to cast my anxieties on You. I have been unnecessarily rattled and troubled with life because I have not brought all of it to you. I’ve brought the good and praise-worthy things… rejoicing in You! But I have not brought the hard and painful things. Thank you for the reminder that Your Presence sustains me and I will not be shaken.