Casting All Your Cares (half 6 of seven)

Casting All Your Cares (half 6 of seven)

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"Therefore humble yourself under the mighty hand of God, so that he may raise you up at the right time and throw all your fears on him because he cares for you. Be sober; pay attention. Your opponent, the devil, roams around like a roaring lion and looks for someone to devour him. Resist him, firm in your belief, knowing that your brotherhood is experiencing the same suffering all over the world. "

1 Peter 5: 6–9

Alistair Begg

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Fear is a strange thing that creeps in when we least expect it and quickly overwhelms us. However, when we think about it, we find that the causes of fear are generally the same for everyone. They may take a different face, they may be driven by different circumstances, but the problems themselves are remarkably similar.

When we are afraid, we often try to ignore them by distracting our minds: “Let me hear some music. Let me take a ride Let me run a mile Let me do something … just let me run away! "

Note, however, that Peter does not say in this verse that we should deny, ignore, or flee from fear. Instead, we should "throw all your fears on him". The Greek word for "occupation" is a crucial, energetic action word. It could just as well be used to describe how to throw a bag of garbage away. We do not make an effort to move it. We just take it and throw it in the trash can. Likewise, instead of going through our days that are weighed down by the burden of fear, we should throw them at the Lord.

If we take things into our own hands through worrying too much, we are indicating an absence of humility: we are more concerned with ourselves than with our heavenly Father.

It will also help us to read the verse in context: "So humble yourself under the mighty hand of God so that He will raise you up at the right time and throw all your fears on him." In other words, the presence of humility leads to the absence of fear. If we take things into our own hands through worrying too much, we are indicating an absence of humility: we are more concerned with ourselves than with our heavenly Father.

Whether it's unemployment, exams, singleness, or a recurring illness, we may not be able to address the causes of our fear. However, Peter does not go into the circumstances. he addresses the fear caused by the circumstances. Our fear itself is what we throw at the Lord and do exactly what the Bible says: We humble ourselves under God's hand and say, "Father knows best." We can refuse to be burdened with the concerns that burden us, disturb our peace, and distract our minds because the Lord is ready to help.

You could fight your way through today and hope that you can make it tomorrow. Maybe it was a long time ago that you knelt next to your bed and really threw your load on the only one who can carry it and said: "God, I can't live my life with this load on my back. Take it. It's yours."

If you are, don't hesitate any longer. Throw your fears into the loving arms of your heavenly Father and experience the freedom and peace that only He can offer.

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