God is incredibly gracious! He gives people good things they don’t deserve. He gives all people physical life and he gives spiritual life to His elect. More than that, those who believe not only get spiritual life but, we are given”…all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence,” 2 Peter 1:3.The LORD has graciously given us what we need to persevere in the faith. Among these things, He has given us His word, which is breathed out by him (2 Timothy 3:16), and carefully preserved and handed down to us. The Bible speaks to us concerning what God is like and how we should live in relation to Him. God has also fixed it in such a way that the Bible is full of real life examples from which we can learn a great deal.
Take for example the life of David. David was the greatest king Israel ever had. He was described as a man after God’s own heart, and yet He was a troubled man. He was troubled by Saul, by other enemies, and by his own sin. He was even betrayed by close friends.
In Psalm 55, we see David as we so often see him- down in the dumps. He’s depressed to say the least. In verse 4 David says of himself,
“My heart is in anguish within me; the terrors of death have fallen upon me.”
This is a gross oversimplification of what’s going on, but let’s just say that there is a lot of drama in David’s life. There’s wickedness all around him and he’s been betrayed by a close friend. From here…from this pit of despair and anguish, David offers this word of encouragement to readers from verse 22,
“Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.”
If this verse seems at all familiar to you, it’s probably because you’ve read 1Peter 5:6-7 which says,
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”
Peter, writing to a bunch of persecuted Christians, picked up on what David was saying. These men understood intimately what it meant to suffer, and yet in the face of sufferings they found great comfort in the same place. In the same God. Their words are incredibly comforting.
Christian, no matter what hardship you are facing, no amount of difficulty will nullify the truth of these verses. We can cast all of our “cares”, our “anxieties”, our worries on the LORD; knowing that He cares for us and He is faithful to sustain us!