Do you know that God cares?
He cares about you! Not in a broad philosophical sense. But in the personal sense of a friend who comes to our aid in times of need. The Bible tells us that we are not forgotten in God’s sight and that every hair on our head is numbered. (Luke 12:7)
You are encouraged to: Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you. (1 Pet 5:7)
God loves and cares about you!
I wonder how many Christian see this as nice flowery language, and how many actually go to their place of prayer and cast their anxiety about situations, people and places upon the LORD. The verses that follow also encourage us to be disciplined and to keep alert, as not doing this puts us in a situation where we are weakened and susceptible to greater attack.
I have been learning of late that I need to let things go. I don’t think I’m alone in this…
Anxiety can be crippling and, please hear me correctly here, I’m not talking about being over spiritual about extreme situations or clinical anxiety, although both of these should be brought to God in prayer as well. I’m talking about the everyday life of the believer, the everyday pressures, cares and anxiety that we carry around with us that we really don’t have to.
It says in Galatians: For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. (Gal 5:1)
We are a saved people. We need to live this way.
W Tozer once wrote: ‘There are rare Christians whose very presence incites others to be better Christians.’
I want to be that rare Christian.
I have come to suspect that a part of what defines the ‘rare’ Christian is a clear understanding of what it means to live out 1 Peter 5:7. This is not a happy, go lucky attitude, but a state of freedom, of being, that encourages us to rest in God as we place our anxiety in his hands. When we do this, we can then truly live out the words that Stewart placed in front of us last Sunday.
We can be a part of:
Revealing more of God
Through who we are
Because of who God is
My prayer this week is that you would go to your prayer closet and cast your anxiety, whatever it may be, on him, because he cares for you.