Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7)
“Who cares?” The question sums up so much of the prevailing attitude in society today. “As long as I am OK, who cares?” Thankfully, the Bible tells us that God cares! In fact, there is nothing that He doesn’t care about, and no one that He doesn’t care for.
Jesus' disciples were starting to get anxious one day about the basic necessities of life: things like food and clothing. In many ways, this was quite understandable, for they had left their homes, families and jobs to follow Him; and that meant no paycheck at the end of the week! Either God now provided – or they were sunk! Well, on this particular day they were obviously having a bad time of it; worry seems to have got on top of them (something we can no doubt identify with!).
Jesus dealt with their worries in a devastatingly simple way. He told them to look at the birds. “They do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” (Matthew 6:26). “Of course you are,” was His point. “Oh, and look at the flowers and grass too,” He went on to say. If God cares about all these things, don’t you think He might just care about you?
Of course, the reality is that anxieties do come our way; whether it’s cares about our health, our family, our work, our future. Experiencing such cares coming to our life isn’t sinful; it’s what we do with them that counts! That’s why our text today is so powerful. Peter tells us to “cast” (the word means “throw” or “hurl”) all our cares, all our anxiety on to God. Why? Because He cares for us! And He cares like no one else on earth or in heaven.
When problems come, we can’t always just deal with them; but what we can do is to “hurl” the cares and anxiety that comes with them on to God, assured of His promise that, as we do so, He will sustain us.
Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall. (Psalm 55:22)
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