Thursday, July 5, 2012

"I Must Tell Jesus"

“Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7)

We all face problems and troubles.  There’s no way to get away or around that fact, because it’s simply part of being human.   Yet, many people go through life trying to face them in their own strength.  As people of faith, however, we believe that we follow and serve a God who can help us in and through the tough and challenging issues and times of life.

That’s why the scripture above encourages us to “cast all [our] anxiety on him, because he cares for [us].”  We don’t have to face problems by ourselves.  We’re invited and urged to let God through Christ help us.  Back in 1893, Elisha A. Hoffman penned these lyrics that say it well:

“I must tell Jesus all of my trials,
 I cannot bear these burdens alone;
 in my distress He kindly will help me,
 He ever loves and cares for His own.

Chorus: I must tell Jesus! I must tell Jesus!
I cannot bear my burdens alone;
I must tell Jesus! I must tell Jesus!
Jesus can help me, Jesus alone.

I must tell Jesus all of my troubles,
He is a kind, compassionate friend;
if I but ask Him, He will deliver,
make of my troubles quickly an end.

Tempted and tried, I need a great Savior,
One who can help my burdens to bear;
I must tell Jesus, I must tell Jesus;
He all my cares and sorrows will share.

O how the world to evil allures me!
O how my heart is tempted to sin!
I must tell Jesus, and He will help me
over the world the victory to win.”
[Hymn “I Must Tell Jesus” found HERE

Whatever you’re facing, please don’t try to face it alone -- “Jesus can help [you]. Jesus alone.”  Never forget that God loves you and I do, too!

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