Tuesday, August 28, 2007

He Cares For You

“He careth for you.”

Believe in an universal providence, the Lord cares for ants and angels, for worms and for worlds; he cares for cherubim and for sparrows, for seraphim and for insects. Cast your care on him, he that calleth the stars by their names, and leadeth them out by numbers, by their hosts. Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and thinkest, O Israel, "My way is passed over from God and he has utterly forgotten me?” Let his universal providence cheer you.

Think next of his particular providence over all the saints. “Precious shall their blood be in his sight.” “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.“We know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them that are the called according to his purpose.” Let the fact that while he is the Savior of all men, he is specially the Savior of them that believe, let that cheer and comfort you, that special providence which watches over the chosen, “The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him.”

And then, thirdly, let the thought of his special love to you be the very essence of your comfort. “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” God says that as much to you as he said it to any saint of old. “Fear not, I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.” Oh! I would beloved, that the Holy Ghost would make you feel the promise as being spoken to you; out of this vast assembly forget the rest and only think of yourself, for the promises are unto you, meant for you.

From a sermon entitled "A Cure For Care," delivered January 12, 1862.

Photo by Renata Diem; some rights reserved.

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