Do not Be Anxious
1 Peter 5:6-7
“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.”
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
In 1 Peter 5:7 above, the word translated as “cast” comes from a Greek word that means “to throw over”. In The Merriam-Webster Dictionary “cast” is defined as “to throw out or away, to fling, or toss”. God does not want us carrying burdens; if we throw them over onto Him we can trust His caring, loving hands to catch them.
Psalm 55:22 says to “Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous fall.” He not only bears you up and sustains you, but He will bear your cares for you!
When we are trusting God, we will be grateful that He hears and responds to our prayerful requests and petitions. For example, if you were ever too “altered” to drive home, and you tossed your car keys over to your sober friend, you could trust Him to help you.
But you have to be wise enough to let go of the keys, and don’t take them back!
Put the Word of God deep into your heart. Confess this aloud, and repeat it often today:
“I humble myself before God, and He cares for me. I throw all my anxious cares over upon Him, and He will carry them for me. I am not anxious about anything because I talk to God about everything that concerns me. I always express my thanks and gratitude to Him.”
Dive Deeper: Study 1 Peter 5; Psalm 55:22; Psalm 68:19; Matthew 6:25-34; Matthew 11:28-30.