Scripture Reading: I Peter 5:6-11
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time He may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you.” (I Peter 5:6,7)
As we have seen, we must humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God. God is working everything according to the council of His will (Ephesians 1:11). He is sovereign and therefore He is in control. We must accept the good and the difficult that comes our way. Although we known these things are true, most of us are anxious right now. What if we get the virus? What if our loved ones get it? What about the decline in the economy? What if we lose our jobs? What if, etc.? The list could go on and on.
Jesus tells us not to be anxious — “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble” (Matthew 6:34). Jesus is telling us that we must take one day at a time. We should, but often we don’t. We still have anxieties. How could we not be anxious with all the bad news we are hearing day in and day out? It is what we do with our anxieties that matter.
Our passage today gives clear direction about dealing with our anxieties — “Casting all your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you.” The key is to take our anxieties to the Lord, to cast them on Him. Each anxious thought must be quickly given to Christ. Do it now! Tell Him what you are anxious about. Then give it to Him, for He alone has the power to take away our anxieties and to do something about them.
I find the times I am most anxious to be during the night. My mind goes to all the “what ifs.” I let it run wild. I think of the worst things and my anxieties become cumulative. I’m trying to learn when I do this to picture myself taking each anxious thought and casting it upon Jesus. Then I try to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ — “We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ” (II Corinthians 10:5). Instead of focusing on the anxieties, I focus on Christ. I turn my thoughts to Him and to what He has said. I know that God has not given us a spirit of fear — “For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control” (II Timothy 1:7). We have the very power of God available to us and we have His love lavished upon us. He gives us the ability to exercise self-control over our thoughts. So, where does fear and anxiety originate? We will look at the answer tomorrow.
The greatest relief from fear and anxiety comes in the last part of our passage today — “casting all your anxieties on Him, because HE CARES FOR YOU.” The King and Lord of this universe cares about you and about me. He genuinely has concern for us, for we are His beloved children. We must remember that we have a great High Priest, Jesus Christ, who comes to us in our troubles. He comes to bear them with us — “Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows” (Isaiah 53:4). He wants us to cast our anxieties on Him. He is willing to carry them for us and to give relief to us.
Heavenly Father, how comforting it is to know that You actually care for me. You have told me to cast my anxieties on you. I do so at this time. Forgive me when I take them back, which is what I often do. But I know that I can cast them on you again and again. And thank You, Lord Jesus, my great High priest, for I know that You are carrying my worries and You will deliver me from them. Let me take every thought captive to Your obedience and remember that You did not give me a spirit of fear, but one of power and love and self-control.
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