There are a lot of scary things going on in the world right now. 2020 has managed to pack a decade’s worth of trouble into one year! Of course, scary things have been going on in the world for a long time, and our personal lives are no different. Each day can bring something new to worry about or fear. Life – it isn’t easy.
BUT this life is not our main story. It’s the prologue. Our real story will start when we go to be with the Lord. (2 Corinthians 5:6-8)
In the meantime, the Lord has not left us alone. He has given us His Holy Spirit and many promises in His word. He has given us what we need to face the worries and fears of this life. Chief among them being we are His people and He cares for us.
“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:6-7)
I love that reality – God cares. But whenever 1 Peter 5:7 comes into mind, I see it like this: the Creator of the Universe cares for me. This has happened so often that I have sometimes come to this verse and been surprised to see “He” instead of “the Creator of the Universe”! How did I come up with this rewording? I think it’s the transitive property, something I remember teaching in our homeschool.
The transitive property: If a = b and b = c, then a = c
If the Creator of the Universe is the God of the Bible and that same God cares for me, then the Creator of the Universe cares for me! The thought that the Creator of the Universe cares for me is mind blowing. He cares for you too! What great comfort for scary times.
Cast all Your Anxiety on Him
1 Peter 5:7 also tells us what to do in scary times. We are told to cast our anxiety – all of it – on God. The Greek word for “casting” is epirrhiptō, and according to Strong’s Greek Definitions it means to “throw upon (literally or figuratively)”. The only other place epirrhiptō appears in the New Testament is in Luke 19:35
“They brought it to Jesus, and they threw their coats on the colt and put Jesus on it”. (Luke 19:35)
Can you imagine the disciples throwing their coats on to the colt? I can. I think we’ve all made movements like that. Ever throw an afghan blanket on to the back of a couch? I see it as a quick and purposeful movement that takes some aim. And notice that it is to throw upon, not just – to throw. This has the sense that whatever you toss lands on something. Where do our tossed anxieties land? On God! Can He take all of them? Absolutely! He is the Creator of the Universe!
Speaking from experience, I know that it’s not always easy to cast anxieties on to God. I have my share of worry and fear and I’m not always quick to throw them upon the Lord. One thing that has helped is knowing that this verse says we are to cast all of our anxieties. I don’t have to hold anything back. I can let everything go.
When I have obeyed this verse in times of worry or fear, I experienced a peaceful relief. And with that relief came strength and a renewed outlook. This happened because this verse is not just words. It’s God’s word, and it affects the heart of a believer in a supernatural way. Also, other parts of God’s word have taught me things about Him that show that I can trust Him with my anxieties – and my life! It tells about His sovereignty, power, mercy, love, and more.
When I cast my anxieties on God, I also sometimes have to work at leaving them there. It is shamefully easy to take them back. That’s on me, not God. He is worthy of my trust. If I take them back, I know I need to cast them again – and again if need be. I also turn to other verses for help and keep praying.
Trusting God with Our Worries and Fears
There are many other verses in the Bible that speak about worry and fear. There are also many verses that speak about trusting God. Back in early 2014 I wrote an article for my website about these two things. It is called “Trusting God with Our Worries and Fears”. This article was adapted from a pamphlet called “Fear Not” that I wrote for the ladies of one of my Women’s Ministry classes. Since I knew that many of us worry and can be fearful, I wrote it to share some of the verses that had been a huge help to me.
The article was posted in Bible Notes. If you only tend to visit my blog, you may not have seen it. I figured I’d drop a link to it here and invite you over to read it. I pray that you find encouragement and great comfort in the article. Please share it with anyone that you think would be blessed by it.
You can find it here: