"Cast all your care upon Him, for He cares for you." 1 Peter 5:7
When we worry, we are actually acknowledging the truth that we are not adequate to meet the demands of life in our own strength. Remember some important truths about God. He is everywhere. There is no place, no matter how alone we may feel, that God cannot be (Psalm 139:7–12; Jeremiah 23:23–24). He knows everything. He knows how afraid we are, how bad we feel, and what scares us. We don’t know the future, but God does; and He knows our needs (Job 7:20; Psalm 33:13–14). He is all-powerful. Worriers feel that no one has the power to stop bad things from happening—not even God. But God has limitless power and His own wise reasons for what He permits (Genesis 17:1; 18:14; Matthew 19:26).
When we are worried, we need to take that worry to God. Ask for His help. Earnestly petition Him. The God who told us to ask, seek, and knock will give, help us find, and answer (Matthew 7:7–8).
The apostle Peter wrote to people undergoing intense persecution and offered this alternative to worry: “Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you”(1 Peter 5:6–7). Instead of emotionally unraveling, or avoiding reality by denying our worry, we can humbly accept that these circumstances are part of our life. Peter also urges us to cast our cares on God, entrusting ourselves to the One who cared enough for us to send His Son to die for us. A decision to let the ultimate worry bring us to the One who died for us is the first step. From then on, every concern of life, regardless of how troubling, can help us to care for others or trust the Lord for what He alone can do.
Prayer: God, help me to remember when I worry that there is no problem or challenge before me that You do not know about and that You cannot handle. Give me the faith to trust You to see me through. Remind me that You loved me enough to send Your Son to die for me, and that nothing can separate me from Your love. I pray this in Your name, Amen.
Step back, relax. Close your eyes. Listen to some worship and praise music to put your mind on God and remind yourself that you can trust Him with anything. Our Spotify playlist is updated regularly with songs from Cross Pointe worship services. Let this be an inspiration for you today and a reminder that you can give your worries over to God.