It’s always comforting to know that someone cares when they go out of their way to help you in times of difficulty. There are times when friends and family cannot physically be present, but their care and love is felt.
Our God is invisible, but His love and presence is felt in every situation, even when we feel alone. Peter reminds us of this and encourages us to cast all our anxieties on the Lord, because He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7). The reason we are encouraged to cast our anxieties on Him is because He actually cares.
As believers, there are times we may feel alone and distant from God, but this doesn’t change the nature of his love and tenderness towards us. There are seasons where we are burdened with anxiety, stress and even depressed, but we are reminded to CAST our anxieties and worries on Him. The responsibility of casting our anxieties remain in our power. So, how do we cast our anxieties and worries on the Lord?
We do so by first coming to Him as a sign of our dependence on Him and acknowledging that He is our source of joy, strength (etc.) through prayer. We cast our burdens on Him by having a childlike faith (Luke 18:17) and trusting in His goodness.
When a child is anxious or troubled by something, the assurance, comfort or even just the presence of their parent could make all things better and bearable. God invites us to do the same, to draw near to Him and receive that which our soul needs.
“Come to me, all who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
Paul also writes, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (Philippians 4:6).
May you be refreshed as you cast your anxieties on the Lord today, because He cares for you.