Dealing with anxiety

14jan‘Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.’ 1 Peter 5.7

This sounds so easy!  How wonderful that God cares about us so much that he invites us to cast our burdens on him – but this verse is actually saying more than this.

The opposite of casting our anxieties on Jesus is that we clutch them more firmly to ourselves, and slowly watch them destroying our peace and ultimately our relationship with God.  If we choose to hold on to our anxieties we tend to adopt one of two attitudes: either we stick our head in the sand and hope the problems will go away or we seek to solve them ourselves without any reference to God except for a quick prayer that he will bless our efforts.

Such attitudes can block our doorway to God, in that either we dare not open ourselves up to being helped or we resist any help that does not come from ourselves.  Both of these attitudes are a form of pride, even though we might think of ourselves as being quite crushed and humble.  The pride element exists because we are not being truly open to God, but only to what he can do on our terms.

This is why Peter was so keen that we should cast our anxieties upon God.  We need to bring them to him as soon as they occur, in this way opening ourselves up to God’s love and intervention as well as to the care and ministry of others.  This is the path of humility, which leads to the action and grace of God.  So are you anxious about something?  If so, take it straight to God in prayer right away.

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