…He cares for you. ESV 1 Peter 5:7
How are you feeling today? What is the state of your soul? Has it been a good week? A long week? Are you wondering where the week went? Sunday gives us a chance each week to reconnect our soul to Jesus, and on this Sunday I feel compelled to remind you how much Jesus cares for you. Really.
Are you trapped in sin? Did you fail again? Did you yell at the kids, watch porn, overeat, worry, gossip, curse, steal, backstab, or worship another god this week? Know that Jesus cares for you. He died for you. You are forgiven. Claim it in Jesus name. Are you struggling? Hurting? Is your arthritis acting up, your cancer returning, your hair falling out, your ulcer hurting, your hormones imbalanced, your eyesight fading or your mind failing? Jesus cares for you. He knows about it, and He knows what it is to suffer. Remember, he went 40 days without eating and endured a horrifically painful death. Jesus cares for you in your pain. Are you lonely? Are you rejected? Have your family, friends, co-workers, neighbors and acquaintances left you? Jesus cares for you. Remember many turned away from Him during His ministry and His closest friends forsook Him in His greatest hour of need. Are you hurting? Are you anxious? Are you burdened from depression, abuse, neglect, or abandonment? Jesus cares for you. Remember His father turned His back on Him. He knows what you are going through. Are you hungry? Are you lacking clothing? Are you poor, jobless, homeless, carless, behind on bills, not knowing where your next meal will come from? Jesus cares for you. Remember, He trusted His Father daily for His needs–He didn’t even know where He would sleep each night.
Regardless of how you feel now, know that Jesus cares for you. If you are joy-filled, happy, healthy and whole: know Jesus cares for you and ever good and perfect gift comes from Him. If you struggle in any way, may you look to Jesus and find healing, hope and life. After all, that’s what He offers in what we call the gospel. Sins forgiven, hurts healed, life worth living: all through simple faith in Jesus Christ. No matter where you are today, may you be reminded Jesus cares for you. That is enough my friend.