1 Peter 5:6-7
So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor. Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.
Worry is excessive concern over the affairs of life.
because it displaces God in your life.
because it distracts you from the things that really matter in life.
You are probably well into worry . . .
- When the thing you are concerned about is the first thing you think about in the morning and the last thing you think about at night.
- When you find yourself thinking about it during every spare moment.
- When you find yourself bringing it up in every conversation.
Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. ( NLT)
“Throw all your anxieties upon him, because he cares about you” (CJB).
“You can throw the whole weight of your anxieties upon him, for you are his personal concern” (Phillips).
“Live carefree before God; he is most careful with you”(MSG).
“Since God cares for you, let him carry all your burdens and worries” (Voice).
#1 Trust God, Not Yourself
consider the ineffectiveness of worrying.
we need to work at trusting God in everything.
we need to remind ourselves of God’s promises.
There are two things we can do to help ourselves believe God’s promises.
First is to remind ourselves of what God has promised.
Second is to look at His track record of keeping promises.
#2 We need to face our fears head on.
In verse 7, Peter commands his readers to cast all their anxieties on God. How hard is it for us to be completely dependent on God and give him all our cares and worries?
What are some anxieties that you have kept, or are keeping from God?
Why do we continue to carry burdens that we know God wants us to give over to him? Read Matthew 11:28–30.
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
- Don’t worry about tomorrow because God is already there.
Pray this prayer: “Heavenly Father, you know what problems I face today. You know where I will meet discouragement, and where I may feel too weak to go on. You know that most of my anxiety is over worldly pursuits that won’t matter when I am with you in eternity. Help me trust you for the strength, wisdom, and love to make this day worthwhile. Help me trust you completely.”