God Cares For You
In a world full of anxiety and fear, where do we turn? In a culture drenched in comparison and competition, how do we get comfortable in who we are?
“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”
1 Peter 5:7 (NIV)
There are so many things in life that we question. What’s my next move? Is this the right decision? What do they think about me? Do I have what it takes? Will I succeed? Can I ever get past this? How can I do this? What’s happening? The questions seem endless.
God never intended for you to do life alone or by yourself. He didn’t create you to be full of stress, anxiety, depression, sadness, sickness, indecision, or anything of that nature. His nature is peace, joy, calmness, focus, sharpness of mind, health, wholeness, and things like that.
There is a reason why the scriptures say to cast all your anxiety on him. To cast means to throw and place upon, so God is telling us to throw our worries, doubts, and fears on him like we do our clothes after a long day.
I find it interesting that the person who wrote that verse is Peter. Even if you’re not familiar with the bible, we all heard about the story of how Jesus walked on water, but so did Peter. Peter was a follower of Jesus who was in a boat with other followers. When Jesus was on the water, Peter was the only one who had the boldness to get out of the boat.
“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
“Come,” he said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
Matthew 14:28-31 (NIV)
Peter wrote about the solution to anxiety when he was much older, and many years after this event on the water took place. Even though Peter started to sink, Jesus caught him. Peter was on a path to Jesus, looking at Jesus, then looked at the wind instead of the Lord and started to sink. We do the same thing on our paths; our ultimate goal is to look towards Jesus. What does that mean? It means to make our motives God’s motives, feel how he feels, think how he thinks, have his mindset about life, allow him to mold our character like his, among other things. Follow God and the steps will follow. It’s not that the winds of life aren’t there, but when we focus on the winds, that is when we experience anxiety, fear, and doubt, causing us to sink into depression, confusion, stagnation, indecision, failure, etc.
God will never let us drown when we call on him, that is, to depend on him and trust him with our very lives. We have to trust him and know that he has our whole life already written. We have to believe that he loves us, even when it doesn’t feel like it, or if we know he does but we don’t love ourselves. Know that God cares for you very deeply. Whatever your fear is, whatever your fears are, don’t shoulder them. Don’t carry the load and sink. Give your cares to God by honestly expressing your concerns and praying. Vent to God. Pray to God. Talk to God. Write to God. Have faith. Take that next bold step.