Morning, January 6, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening

“Casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.” — 1 Peter 5:7

It is a happy way of soothing sorrow when we can feel–“HE cares for me.” Christian! Do not dishonor religion by always wearing a furrowed brow; come, cast your burden upon your Lord. You are staggering beneath a weight which your Father would not feel. What seems to you a crushing burden, would be to him but as small dust in the balance. Nothing is so sweet as to,

“Lie passive in God’s hands,

And know no will but his.”

O child of suffering, be patient; God has not passed you over in his foreseeing care. He who is the feeder of sparrows, will also furnish you with what you need. Do not sit not in despair; hope on, hope forever. Take up the weapon of faith against a sea of trouble, and your opposition shall end your distresses. There is One who cares for you. His eye is fixed on you, his heart beats with pity for your misery, and his hand omnipotent shall yet bring you the needed help. The darkest cloud shall scatter itself in showers of mercy. The blackest gloom shall give place to the morning. He, if you are one of his family, will bind up your wounds, and heal your broken heart. Do not doubt his grace because of your tribulation, but believe that he loves you as much in seasons of trouble as in times of happiness. What a serene and quiet life might you lead if you would leave providing to the God of providence! With a little oil in the jar, and a handful of grain in the barrel, Elijah outlived the famine, and you will do the same. If God cares for you, why do  you need to care too? Can you trust him for your soul, and not for your body? He has never refused to bear your burdens, he has never fainted under their weight. Come, then, soul! Put away all anxious care, and leave all your concerns in the hand of a gracious God.