Thomas á Kempis: Cares

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Cast your cares on the LORD and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous be shaken. Psalm 55:22

“Make room for Christ. When you possess Christ you are a rich man, for He is sufficient for you. He himself shall provide for you and faithfully administer all your cares.”

Thomas á Kempis (1380-1471) in Imitation of Christ as recounted Milton Walsh in Witness of the Saints: Patristic Readings in the Liturgy of the Hours (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2012) 586.

I am going fly fishing next weekend in Wisconsin with my good friend, John Stanley. There I will cast flies for trout.

But today’s Scripture calls for a different kind of casting.

We must give our cares to the LORD. LORD in Hebrew is Yahweh which means “to be” meaning He is the God who incomparably exists.

Notice how that relates to us and our generosity.

When we give our cares to the one who incomparably exists, He sustains us. Or, as Thomas put it related to Christ, we are rich. He is sufficient for us.

If you have cares today, give them to the LORD.

And then, with unswerving focus, make room for Christ. He will not only supply your needs and sort your cares, He will resource you for rich generosity.

Interestingly, our worry regarding our “cares” is what hinders the generosity of most people.

Don’t let that be you. Cast your cares on the LORD. He will sustain you and not allow you to be shaken. He will provide everything you need to live, give, serve, and love generously.