The definition of know is “to perceive or understand as fact or truth; to apprehend clearly and with certainty; to have established or fixed in the mind or memory.” Is God’s word so fixed in my mind that I know it to be truth? If it is, what does His word say to do when I am anxious? 1 Peter 5:7 says “cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” God knew that you and I would have anxious times, and He tells us what we can do.
But HOW do we do it? What does that mean “cast all your anxiety on Him?” He is not physically here. It means to bring our burdens, cares, and concerns to Jesus in prayer. Talk to Him about it, tell Him what’s on our heart, what’s bothering you…and then, LEAVE it with Him. Every time you start to worry or get anxious, go straight to Jesus and talk to Him again.
The second part of 1 Peter 5:7 says “for He cares for you.” That means that Jesus literally cares about your concerns. He WANTS us to come to Him so that He can quiet us in our soul. He tells us “I will give you rest” Matthew 11:28. It is when we are still and spending time with Jesus that we find His joy and peace. Once we have been with Him in prayer and in His word, even though the situation that caused us to be anxious hasn’t changed, the way we look at it will.
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Read Psalm 37:7, Psalm 62:5, Psalm 91:1-16, Exodus 14:14, Isaiah 32:17, and Isaiah 41:10-13 for more encouragement.
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Ask the Lord to help you identify what is causing your anxiety and give it to the Lord in prayer.
Lord, when I am worried or anxious guide me to rest in You. Help me to draw so close to You that I can hear you whisper; “Be still my child and know that I am God.” Let me know Your peace, the peace that surpasses all understanding.
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