Devotions from Tri-City ELCA Pastors – Vicar Anand Darla of Good Shepherd South Asian Ministries, November 10, 2020

Here is the Devotion for November 10, 2020 from Vicar Anand Darla of Good Shepherd South Asian Ministries:


Vicar Anand Darla GSSAM 

We are truly shaken with the fear, anxiety and uncertainty produced by the current COVID-19 pandemic, but God has given us prescription very long back through Peter for fear and anxiety. (1 Peter 5:6-7 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you).The basis of that trust is the loving care God has repeatedly shown us (Psalm 55:22 Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved).The word Peter used in verse 7 that’s translated as “casting” was used to describe throwing something on something else, such as a blanket over a pack animal. Take all your anxiety all the discontent, discouragement, despair, questioning, pain, and suffering that you’re going through and pass it all onto the Lord. Trade it in for trust in God who really cares about you. 

            David is a great illustration of someone who did just that. David was a shepherded boy and rejected by everyone including his own family. But for everyone’s surprise David killed Goliath, who is 2-3 times greater size and strength. The book of 1 Samuel tells us what David did about for all Israel’s problem. I truly feel that David didn’t look at Goliath’s size and strength, but David was focused on God’s mighty power and won the toughest battle in his life. David’s circumstances changed when he cast his care on the Lord. God strengthened David further to face many trials and pains from king Saul and other enemies. 

Now that doesn’t mean we won’t feel shaky and anxiety at times. Think how David felt when he was challenged by deadly opponents. Sometimes when we’re bearing burdens that in themselves seem too great to bear, people treat us insensitively and heap more burdens on us. But, like David, we can be gracious about it and find relief through prayer to the God who does care. If you need to be reminded now and then that God really cares about you, remember what Jesus said in the Sermon on the Mount. Since the Lord Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, don’t you think He will feed you? Spiritual maturity begins with these fundamentals: an attitude of humility toward God and others, and trust in God’s care. 

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