There are three positions in which the word care can be used:
Most people that are careless claim to be carefree. A carefree person is a person that has plans but is not worried. He has plans, he is thinking about tomorrow, but he is not worried about tomorrow. A careless person, on the other hand, is someone that does not care about tomorrow. God does not want you to be careless. Just as He does not want you to be careless, He also does not want you to be careful – full of cares – such that you cannot sleep because you are worried about tomorrow.
God wants us to be carefree by handing over our cares to Him. As a pastor for example, anytime I want to preach, I come with a carefree mind and not a careless mind. I take thoughts about the message; the scriptures I am going to share and the direction of the sermon after I have opened myself up to the Holy Spirit. But then, if I suddenly begin to worry about people not coming and saying, “O God of heaven, let them come. But what if people come and they do not listen?” If I begin to worry about that, then I am crossing the line to being “careful”.
The Bible is not saying do not plan for tomorrow; it is saying plan for tomorrow with a carefree attitude, with the mind that God is in charge: “I am making plans under the watchful eyes of God. My plans are going to be blessed by God.”
PRAYER: Dear Lord, help me to continually trust and cast all my cares upon you in Jesus name.
BIBLE IN A YEAR: 2 Chronicles 33:14-34:33, Romans 16:10-27, Psalm 26:1-12, Proverbs 20:19
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