It’s always comforting to know that someone cares when they go out of their way to support you by showing up in times of joy and difficulty. There are times that friends and family can’t be physically present, yet their care and love is unquestionable.
God remains invisible but He is always loving and present in every situation. 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 can cast our anxieties on him is because of the fact (the truth) that He 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 and acknowledging that He is our source of strength, and being dependent on Him. We cast our burdens on Him by having a childlike faith and trusting in Him (Luke 18:17). When a child is anxious about something and is then assured by their parent that everything will be okay, they often don’t remain anxious, because in a sense, they have cast that burden/worry on their parent. God invites us to do the same, since He is a good Father and He cares for us. The challenge however is, how long will your burden remain cast? Will you find yourself picking it up again?
Today, the decision isn’t simple, but its yours to make. Paul says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (Philippians 4:6).