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Do We Have Anxiety?

1 Peter 5:7

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

82015 RayWhat are we anxious about today in our lives?  Are we anxious about a child’s medical concerns or our own medical concerns?  Are we anxious about our job or our finances?  Are we anxious about the days as they unfold before us? Remember Jesus’ teachings on this subject – Matthew 6:34 – Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

From time to time we talk about dark places in our lives – and how life doesn’t always work out the way we planned.  We’ve talked about our hope not being based on temporal things but on the eternal (not the short part of the rope but the long end).  Our hopes are based on the eternal life found in Christ.  He didn’t remain in the grave but rose and He also ascended to the right hand of the Father.

The Psalmist – who was going through some dark moments in his life – wrote these words in the midst of one of his Psalms. Psalm 27:13-14 – 13 I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.  14 Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.

anxiousCurrently I know people who are facing life threatening circumstances.  I know people who have lost their jobs and have little hope of meeting their current bills.  I know of people who are making life changes to their careers – and more.  I know people who are facing life and death health issues.  I know folks who have children making atrocious decisions.  All of these and more are major events in a person’s life.  What’s going on in our lives?  Is it causing you anxiety?  Are you at your wits end?

In the midst of Peter’s first letter – first Epistle – he includes today’s passage – Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.  What a great word for us today.  Here it is in partial context – as Peter gives instructions to those who lead the church: 1 Peter 5:1-10 – 1 To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder, a witness of Christ’s sufferings and one who also will share in the glory to be revealed: 2 Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, serving as overseers — not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve; 3 not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. 4 And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away. 5 Young men, in the same way be submissive to those who are older. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”  6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 8 Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings. 10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.

Whatever brings us anxiousness or worry today – cast it on Jesus who promises to help carry our load – giving us His yoke – which is easy. That doesn’t mean that following Jesus means everything will be well in our lives – but it does mean that we will not walk it alone.

Matthew 11:28-30 – 28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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November 5, 2015 - Posted by | Build, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , , , ,

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