Read I Peter 4:7-5:14
“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”
(I Peter 5:7)
Thoughts… The only person whose problems are truly all behind him is a school bus driver. Everybody “gots” problems—lots of them! Worries, anxieties and challenges are a plenty in this day and age, from global warming to a shaky stock market to rising oil prices to terrorism to free radicals (no, that’s not a group from Berkeley), and on and on, ad infinitum.
Problems are everywhere, but that doesn’t mean you have to live your life paralyzed by them. As Martin Luther said, just because the birds fly over your head doesn’t mean you have to let them build a nest in your hair. Nor do you have allow your problems to shackle you with fear and anxiety. God didn’t create you to live that way.
Someone has said that “worry is a think stream of fear which, if encouraged, becomes a wide channel into which all other thoughts flow.” English apologist C.S. Lewis wrote, “Anxiety is not only a pain which we must ask God to assuage but also a weakness we must ask Him to pardon—for He’s told us to take no care for the morrow.”
So rather than holding onto those worries allowing them to become a river of fear, cast them onto God. That’s what Peter says. Cast your worries, fears and anxieties on him. All of them! Big ones, for sure, and even the little ones, too. He will take them all, because he cares that much for you!
That means you will need to practice the art of constant casting. You will not simply be able to cast your cares onto God once and be done with them. You’ll need to do it continually because you will never be far from problems. And those problems will be continually feeding that tributary of worry, and that tributary will be continually flowing into that river of fear that threatens to sweep you under. That’s just the reality of your life and mine.
So the next time you find yourself worrying—which will probably be within minutes after reading this post—just cast it back to God and say, “Lord, this one is too big for me. Here, you handle it.”
Sounds simple, I know, but just try it. Try it for a week. Take every single one of your anxieties, worries and fear in the next seven days—all of them—and consciously cast them onto God, and just see what happens.
If you will, God’s promise, not mine, but God’s, is that you will find yourself in his care (I Peter 5:7) and experiencing his peace (Philippians 3:6-7).
Give it a shot! You may find that this constant casting thing is a pretty good deal.
Prayer… Lord, here they are—all of my problems. They are too big for me. I refuse to stay up late worrying over them one more night. Since you’re up anyway, why don’t you worry about them. So I give them to you, and in exchange, by faith, I will rest in your care and receive your peace.
One More Thing… “We often think of great faith as something that happens spontaneously so that we can be used for a miracle or healing. However, the greatest faith of all, and the most effective, is to live day by day trusting Him. It is trusting Him so much that we look at every problem as an opportunity to see His work in our life. It is not worrying, but rather trusting and abiding in the peace of God that will crush anything that Satan tries to do to us. If the Lord created the world out of chaos, He can easily deal with any problem that we have.” —Rick Joyner