Cast your cares upon him, because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7
Anxiety is a struggle every day. Some may struggle more than others, some may just mask it better. I don’t know anyone, including myself, who hasn’t laid awake in bed some nights or every night for that matter, thinking about the next day, week, year and even the past. Things as simple as… Did I lock the front door? What are we going to have for dinner tomorrow? Where is my cell phone? I need to schedule the car for an oil change. To more pressing things such as… What bills are due? How will I speak in front of everyone? My promotion depends on it. And serious issues… How will I take care of my elderly parent/grandparent? My sick kids? What happens if I get sick, too?
I’m a list maker, organizer, analyzer, and a repeater. I go over and over things many times in my mind, replaying scenarios with all the outcomes I can think of. I tend to dwell on things too, things that have already passed, thinking, “I could’ve done that better, I could’ve been better.” “How can I do better, for next time.” I’m pretty sure I drive everyone in the household nuts! I find myself singing with Elsa, “Let it go! Let it go!” to give myself some solace. Why am I telling you this? Because it is okay to admit our mistakes so that we can repent them. It is okay to ask for help when your inadequacies get in your way. It is okay to not be perfect.
In 1 Peter 5, God wants us to “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.” God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. Being humble is casting your cares onto the Lord. Not wanting acknowledgment or reward. The risk of not being noticed or looked down upon.
The reason Peter deals with anxiety is because, he is dealing with the problem of humility, as we all do, every day. But God wants us to have faith that he will lift all of the resistance. In 1 Peter 8, we read, “Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” The anxiety we feel every day isn’t our own. We are not alone in this battle. God wants us to let him take the burden, He LOVES us! So “Cast your cares upon him, because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7
Prayer: Dear God, let me lift all my anxieties up to you, for you are the only one who can relieve me from them. I pray for all my brothers and sisters in Christ, that you may give us all the humility and grace that we so desperately need. In Christ’s name, we pray. Amen