My thoughts seems to have latched onto the idea of one word and one verse. The word stuck in my thoughts lately has been:
“Casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7, NASB)
Such a familiar verse. Seriously. Like how many times , especially over the last few years, have we read it, heard it, or said it.
But this time as I sat looking at the words in my Bible, I thought about the one who first penned it – Peter.
Peter who spent much time with Jesus.
Peter saw Jesus walk on water, heal the sick, raise the dead, clear the temple, teach in the temple, have compassion on people, and calm the storms.
Peter also saw Jesus spend time, regularly, in prayer talking to His Father. In the morning, In the evening.
It’s no wonder Peter reminds us to pray, to take our concerns, our needs, and our worries to the Father.
Read the words in another version:
“Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.” (AMP)
The whole of your care. There is not a thing we cannot bring to Him. He cares about us -Â lovingly and watchfully. Read the verse again. Let the words sink in. He cares so much for each of us that He is carefully watching.
Nothing escapes His watchful eye.
Do you ever feel like you don’t know where to go with your need, your worry, or your concern? I know I do at times.
I wonder who will agree with me. Who will think I am ridiculous. Who will just tell me to “stop worrying.”
But our God does not say any of this to us. Instead may we hear Him saying, “I know. I see it. Give it to me. I love you and I will help you carry this.”
Cast the whole of your care on Him.