May 31, 2014

Cast All Your Cares on Him

1 Peter 5:1-11

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
—1 Peter 5:7


As we have seen this month, God reveals himself in a remarkable number of names. These names hint at many different aspects of God’s character that are important for understanding God.

We learn God’s names in the assurance and deliverance he provides to Abraham, to Hagar, to Moses, to Gideon, to many others, and to all his people together in the Old and New Testaments. The Creator God of the universe, supreme over all he has made, doesn’t remain aloof. He stoops down again and again to meet his people, especially in their darkest times and in their deepest need. And, in the process, he reveals himself in the names he gives.

Practically speaking, what should we do with the names of God? Learning the names of God should drive us to our knees, worshiping his majesty and his holiness. Learning God’s names should also give us great comfort and assurance.

Focusing on just the details, though, could distract us from how God reveals himself to the people in the Bible and to us. We learn who God is through his interactions with real people, like you and me. God reveals himself most clearly in times when his people stand in need of his presence and his intervention.

Be assured most of all that you can cast all your cares on God each day. Your heavenly Father cares for you!

Our Father, thank you for revealing your many names that show your grace and glory. Help us to honor your name in all we do and say. Amen.

About the author — Kurt Selles

Kurt Selles is the director of ReFrame Ministries and serves as the Executive Editor of Today. He is a graduate of Calvin College and Seminary, and received his PhD from Vanderbilt University. Before coming to ReFrame, he served 19 years in Taiwan and China with CRC World Missions. Kurt later taught missions at Beeson Divinity School, where he also acted as the director of the school’s Global Center. Kurt and his wife, Vicki, reside in Grand Rapids and have three adult children.

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