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Anxiety

1 Peter 5:7

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

photo on 6-11-19 at 10.52 amI know a number of people that battle anxiety. I was reading this passage the other day – and even talked recently to some folks about their anxiety. What are we anxious about in life? What is it that causes us to have trouble sleeping at night? What do we think about and can’t seem to stop thinking about – moment by moment? What decisions in our lives have caused us the most anxiety?

As I reflect back on my life – I can think of numerous things that caused me anxious moments. I can remember being anxious when I went out for the High School football team and cuts were being posted (I made the team each year by the way)! I can remember being anxious when I asked my future bride to marry me and wondering if she would say yes or no (she said yes – and we just celebrated 39 years of marriage). I remember being anxious when my children were being born – the first because she was the first (she is 36 now) – the twins because they were twins (they are now 31). I can remember times when I was anxious about my job – about my health – about many things. And on this side of those anxious moments – I can testify that being anxious didn’t help the situations one little bit. As a matter of fact – being anxious made some of them more difficult and didn’t help my health any at all.

Casting our anxiety on Jesus – because He cares for us is sound advice. Let’s look at today’s verse in partial context. 1 Peter 5:6-11 – 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. 11 To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.

Our enemy – the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Couple that with having anxiety and we might understand that anxiety is one of those times when the devil attacks us. Think about it – when we are anxious – we think wild thoughts. If you are like me – a person who runs down a lot of rabbit trails in my thinking patterns – the devil has a fertile place to drop thoughts into our thinking process. At times I imagine the worst and hope for the best instead of simply casting my anxiety on Jesus and trusting in His sovereignty.

We’re told to resist the devil – and I think that might go hand-in-hand with casting our anxiety on Jesus. Without the anxious moments – or dwelling on the things that we cannot change simply by thinking about them – we might just be resisting the devil. What do you think?

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. God will see you through even the toughest times. He has in my life and He will in yours if we rest in Him. You’d think I’d learn my lesson and cast all of anxiety on Jesus – but from time-to-time I still hold onto the anxiety and dwell on the what-ifs. If only I would learn – by God’s grace – to cast all my anxiety on him and realize that he cares for me more than I could ever imagine.

I’m praying for our students and parents – all teachers and school workers – and those responsible for transportation of our students with the beginning of the new school year. I’m praying for those of us who might be anxious about General Conference 2020 and the elections in 2020 in the USA. Not knowing what the future holds – in our denomination or in our nation – can cause us anxious moments. But – trusting in Jesus can bring us a measure of peace in a difficult time.

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

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