Caring: Week 1 Day 2

August 2013: Week 1 Day 2

Care: What does it mean?

Yesterday we read Psalm 1. We focused on verse 3 where we are told that God is our caretaker.

Did you examine your life? Were you able to see the ways that God has been there for you and provided the right environment for your growth? If you weren’t able to see that, have you decided that you would become the person that is described in Psalms 1?

Today we are going to take a look at the word care and what it means. For this, I went to the dictionary and you can do the same. With words like this there are two different definitions.
There is the word care that we have determined we will give to God.

It is a noun.
Let’s remember what a noun is. It is a person place or thing.

Why is this important, you may ask…
Well, when we are trying to understand concepts and the precepts in the word of God, we have to know what words mean. If we can come to an intellectual understanding of the words that are being used, the true meaning of the concepts and be translated into our hearts.

Ok…back to the word care. The word care that is a noun is the something that we give to God. That person, place, or thing is defined in the dictionary as follows:

1. A burdened state of mind, as that arising from heavy responsibilities; worry.
2. Mental suffering; grief.
3. An object or source of worry, attention, or solicitude.
4. Caution in avoiding harm or danger

These are those that we will surrender to Him because they cause us great anxiety and worry.

Let’s see how this word differs from the care that is in 1 Peter 5:7, “God cares for you”

This word is a verb. It is something you do or, in this case, something that God does.

1.To be concerned or interested.
2. To provide needed assistance or watchful supervision
3. To object or mind
4.
a. To have a liking or attachment.
b. To have a wish; be inclined

With this doing, a person is inclined to act.

Are you seeing why it is important to distinguish the difference? We are not a care that God has, for he has no cares. There is nothing that worries him. Instead, He cares for us. We are the objects of His concern and interest and with this caring, He is inclined to act on our behalf.

Let this sit with you for a moment. Our cares are different from the way that God cares for us. As you keep this thought in mind, let us read our bible reading for today, Psalm 2.

Why do the nations rage,

And the people plot a vain thing?

The kings of the earth set themselves,
And the rulers take counsel together,
Against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying,
 “Let us break
Their bonds in pieces

And cast away
Their cords from us.”
He who sits in the heavens shall laugh;
The Lord shall hold them in derision.
Then He shall speak to them in His wrath,

And distress them in His deep displeasure:
 “Yet I have set My King

On My holy hill of Zion.”
“I will declare the decree:

The Lord has said to Me,
‘You are My Son,

Today I have begotten You.

Ask of Me, and I will give You

The nations for Your inheritance,

And the ends of the earth for Your possession.

You shall break them with a rod of iron;
You shall dash them to pieces like a potter’s vessel.’”
Now therefore, be wise, O kings;

Be instructed, you judges of the earth.
Serve the Lord with fear,

And rejoice with trembling.

Kiss the Son, lest He be angry,

And you perish in the way,

When His wrath is kindled but a little.
Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him

Did you read what I read? I’m seeing that God not only cares for us, but that He cares about what happens to us, who comes up against us, and the power that we have in our lives. He wants us to have the desires of our hearts.

“I will declare the decree:

The Lord has said to Me
,
‘You are My Son,

Today I have begotten You.

Ask of Me, and I will give You

The nations for Your inheritance,

And the ends of the earth for Your possession.

You shall break them with a rod of iron;
You shall dash them to pieces like a potter’s vessel.

We have to trust God and make our requests known to Him. He cares when people come up against us. He cares when we are worried and afraid.
He cares about our desires.

The scripture above will be our word for the day. Psalm 2:7-9

Remember…God cares for you!

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