The Answer For All Anxiety
“Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.” —I Peter 5:7-9
The Scottish preacher George MacDonald said, “No man ever sank under the burden of the day. It is when tomorrow’s burden is added to the burden of today that the weight is more than a man can bear.”
I wish that I could tell you that the moment you become a Christian, there will be no more problems, and life will treat you kindly. Unfortunately, I would be lying if I said that. There are situations that arise in our lives that seem to be more than we can bear at the moment, and it seems that life has thrown us curveballs for which we were not prepared.
Many times in this life, we wonder if God is even there, and we question why He allows these things to happen to us. However, I would like to remind you that nothing takes God by surprise, and He knows exactly what He is doing. We also must remember that, as believers, everything that happens to us in this life is either orchestrated by God or allowed by God to take place. He is in control of every situation.
For the many who feel as if the weight of the world were on their shoulders and the burdens of life have completely worn them down, the Holy Spirit through the apostle Peter has given us the answer for all care, anxiety, and fear.
Casting All Our Care Upon Him
As Christians, it was never meant for us to carry our burdens on our own shoulders, yet many are doing just that. For whatever reason, they are holding onto the cares of this life with fear gripping their hearts, and they’re afraid to face the day. We are told by the Holy Spirit that when life begins to get us down, we must cast all our cares upon Him.
Before we tell you how that is done, we must first address these issues: Care, anxiety, fear, and worry—these are signs of unbelief.
When we give in to unbelief, we are stating that whatever our problems may be, God is not able to solve them. Our unbelief is an exaltation of self against God, and we are depending upon self rather than trusting in Him and what He has done for us at Calvary’s cross. When we worry about the issues of life, we are in a sense telling God that He is not big enough, and we somehow will have to fix these problems ourselves.
Can’t you see what is being said here? By worrying over the issues of life and being consumed with fear of what tomorrow may bring, we are exhibiting a lack of faith.
Though we may not understand what tomorrow may bring, we must always understand that we are holding the hand of the one who created the world in which we live, and He was the one who hung the stars in place. We must believe that we are the apple of His eye, and He holds us in the palm of His right hand.
There Is A Hedge Of Protection Around Us
We must understand that there is a hedge of protection all the way around us, and nothing can penetrate that hedge unless God allows it. We know this from Job 1:10 when Satan appeared before the Lord. When asked about Job, Satan’s response was: “Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.”
This proves to us that even Satan knows that around every child of God who has named the name of Jesus, God has placed around him a hedge of protection. You need to believe this!
As the song says:
I’ve got a hedge built all the way around me,
And I cannot fail the Lord.
I’ve found a hiding place in my Jesus,
Gives me shelter from the storm.
When ol’ Satan tries to tempt me,
The Lord won’t let him in.
’Cause I’ve got a hedge built all the way around me,
And I know I’m free from sin.
The Bible tells us that we are “a peculiar people” (I Peter 2:9), which does not mean strange as we would think of such. That word peculiar means that there is a fence placed around us as if we were the only human beings in existence.
Because of this, God says that whatever is on the outside of that fence belongs to the devil, but whatever is on the inside of that fence belongs to Him, and there is nothing that Satan can do about it.
What Does It Mean To Cast?
When the Holy Spirit tells us to cast our cares upon Him, the word cast means “to throw upon.” This means to simply throw all our cares upon Him. Too many Christians hold on to their cares and worries instead of throwing them upon Christ, never to pick them up again. We cast our cares on Him by simply keeping our faith anchored in the cross.
Worry And The Cross
Proper faith cannot be held or had by a believer unless it is anchored in the cross of Christ. When we place our faith in the finished work of Christ, it moves the emphasis from self and places it on Christ and what He has done for us. By doing this, it becomes easy for us to cast our cares upon Him, which will stop all worry, doubt, fear, and care. We are His concern, and He cared enough for us to shed His life’s blood on Calvary’s cross.
Jesus is concerned over every part of our lives. The main reason we worry is because we are looking at self instead of at Christ and the cross.
When we look at self, it breeds all sorts of problems in our lives. We must take our eyes off self and place them on Christ where they belong.
So quit looking to yourself for the answer because you do not have the answer in and of yourself. As Paul said, “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith” (Heb. 12:2).
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