Dose of Truth

God cares about you

Tim Richards

For as long as I can remember I have been a fan of an influential man whom I knew I would never meet since he died 95 years before I was born. Abraham Lincoln has always fascinated me. I often reflect on his incredible intelligence, powerful perspective, and wonderfully witty words.

Few today know that when Lincoln was young he rejected his father’s God, primarily because his dad was such a difficult man. The future president even penned a scathing essay about God. Members of his campaign staff worried it might be discovered and destroy his chance at the presidency.

Soon after Lincoln won the election, the weight of the oval office began to settle heavily on his shoulders. He had known the country was deeply polarized, and he soon became even more aware of the nearly impossible task of leading the bitterly divided nation.

Despite his brilliance and incredible people skills, Lincoln was mindful he could not solve the country’s problems without help. Bill Crowder’s March 27, 2022, “Our Daily Bread” devotional got me thinking about this when he wrote, “Lincoln is viewed as a wise leader and a man of high moral character, but another element to his makeup, perhaps, was the foundation for everything else. He understood that he was inadequate for the task at hand. His response to that inadequacy? Lincoln said, ‘I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day.’”

Though none of us have or ever will have the formidable responsibilities of the president, all of us have had moments when, despite our best efforts, we have to come to grips with our limitations and lack of answers. Life presents moments when we, like Lincoln, need to turn to a power greater than ourselves for the help we desperately need.

Coming to terms with our need for God’s help did not begin with Lincoln. The Apostle Peter challenged believers to realize God wanted to help them 2,000 years ago when he penned these encouraging words to Jesus’ early followers, “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” (1 Peter 5:7, NLT).

When you and I feel overwhelmed and are not sure of our next step, we need to remember Peter’s encouraging words and give all our worries and cares to our God, who is eager to help us. As we do, like Peter and Lincoln, we too can experience God’s reassurance that he cares for us no matter how overwhelming our current situation may seem.

Tim Richards

has been a pastor for 37 years, serving five churches, including his current church, The Refuge in St. Louis, which he founded. He and the congregation minister to those who are hurting and do their part to expand God’s kingdom. Tim and his wife Kelly have five children. “A Dose of Truth” which he has written for more than 25 years appears in 13 newspapers. His book, “Thriving in the Storm: Discovering God’s Peace and Perspective in Turbulent Times,” is available from Amazon. Feel free to contact him at iamtimrichards@yahoo.com. Photography is another of his skills. Pastor Tim’s photos may be viewed at https://flickr.com/photos/pentaxpastor.

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