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July 27

27 JUL – Carefreeness or Carelessness?

The Lord’s attitude toward His Own is one of concern for them. He has His eye upon them; they are not out of His ken (awareness). Not only has He His eye upon them, but He has His ear open to them; and not only so, but He is taking definite care concerning them. “…casting all your anxiety upon him, because he careth for you” (1 Pet. 5:7). “Be careful to maintain good works” (Titus 3:8).

On the one hand we are exhorted to be carefree because He careth for us and on the other hand we are told to be careful. We are exhorted to take care. When He says, “In nothing be anxious” (Phil. 4:6), or “casting all your anxiety upon him,” the Lord does not mean that you are to become careless, indifferent, to put the matter away as though it is nothing to do with you, that you have no place in it at all. There is a place where the Lord expects us to take care, to be careful (in the ordinary usage of the word among us), to recognize that we have responsibility, we have to be watchful, we have to come into the situation, we have to be careful in this way and in that.

In 1 Peter 3:12-14, Peter says that the Lord’s attitude is one of solicitude for His Own. “The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous and his ears unto their supplication”. While occupation must go on, many things must be attended to, there must be no distraction resulting from worry about it. “Be not… anxious, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?” (Matt. 6:31). Here is the same word again. What it amounts to seems to me to be this, that it is not just a psychological decision or resolution that we are going to be careless, we are going to be indifferent, we are not going to bother. It is to be positively an act of faith.

The anxiety usually comes in as to how things are going to turn out, what the issue is going to be. The right care is to do our part. The carefreeness is the result of committing the issue to the Lord and definitely taking the faith attitude that He will look after the outcome while we are looking after what is ours to look after. It is not just spineless optimism, it is definite faith – faith that refuses to be harassed and distracted by many things, by anything.

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