Bring your anxiety to the One who cares
By Rev. Michael Nivra, St. James Lutheran Church, Howard Lake
Life is full of new and recurring problems and perplexities. In business, in the home, in the church, among friends, neighbors, and relatives, and in our individual lives, there is so much that distresses, distracts and upsets a person.
Here is some very sound advice given by Almighty God through Peter to the Christians of His day and recorded in God’s Word for Christians of all time: “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” I Peter 5:7
This is a very simple formula for the complex issues of life. In other words, leave it to God.
May God bless especially those of us who are weighted down by some serious problem, trial, or cross, by some care, that is causing deep concern. We have a divine prescription for every human worry, care, or concern.
Someone might say, “I cannot get rid of my worries. Those things that trouble me are real and serious and they concern me and my loved ones so intimately that I cannot shake them off as though they were trivial and of little consequence.” God is not asking you to shake them off, like a dog shakes the water off his back.
God is asking you, His child, to take the things that greatly agitate your spirit, that cause you sleepless nights and worrisome days, to take them to the Lord.
When a child is in distress of one kind or another, the child goes to its parent, and the mother or father says, “Now, I will take care of that, and don’t you worry.”
God is your loving Father, and you are His children. Jesus will never turn His children away in their time of need.
Christians can be absolutely certain of God’s care because of Jesus Christ who is God’s guarantee that He cares for His people now, and will care for His people eternally. For Jesus Christ gave Himself as the atoning sacrifice for the sins of the entire world, and rose again in victory, so that you and I may have forgiveness and eternal life in His name. Since our eternity is assured by a living God, then we can certainly count on Him and His provident care in our everyday lives.
The Christian does that with the mysteries of the universe, which he cannot understand. He leaves them to God. The ways that are past finding out, he leaves to God.
Why, the Christian has done that with his costliest possession: his immortal soul. The Christian has placed it into the pierced hands of the Christ of Calvary. He is trusting Him absolutely and completely for forgiveness, and is not worrying. The Christian can do that with all his problems and all his cares. Leave them to God and stop worrying.
The cure for anxiety is a faith which turns life over to God. That kind of faith is a gracious gift received by the Holy Spirit. It becomes a process to be repeated throughout life. A good part of the secret is the way we look at a troubling situation: will we look at what we need, or at the One supplying all our needs?
St. Paul writes in Romans 8:28: “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” The heart that is filled with Christ, that believes in God’s grace and salvation, will find rest from the cares and worries of the world.
Faith reaches out to Him who never fails to care.
Let Christ be the joy of your heart and your portion forever, and you will never be disappointed.