Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7 (NIV)
Last week we looked at casting our earnest and tense desires (a form of anxiety) on Jesus. Today, let’s look at it from another angle.
Dictionary.com gives this as another definition for anxiety: distress or uneasiness of mind caused by fear of danger or misfortune.
We can still cast our fear, distress, and uneasiness on him. He’ll take it.
I love this passage in Psalms, which is listed as one of the cross references for 1 Peter 5:7.
Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun. Psalm 37:5-6 (NIV)
This is such a vivid word picture of God’s active part when we cast our anxiety on him. And it’s not just that we cast our anxiety on him, but we also commit our way to him. When we do this, whatever outcome we fear, or whatever person or situation we fear, God will overpower it with our righteousness—which comes from him.
I find this verse particularly helpful when I feel anxious because I think I’m being treated unjustly. He says that he’ll make the justice of your cause like the noonday sun. If you’ve ever visited the southwestern part of the United States, you’ve probably noticed that even in the winter time, the sun is very bright and intense. I live in Arizona and I don’t even like going outside on a lunch break without sun glasses on because it hurts my eyes. That’s how intensely bright God will make the justice of your cause.
If you’re fearful of an abusive spouse, or you’re anxious over a pending court date, or you fear your boss’s retaliation because you stood up for something right at work—take these things and hurl them at God. He’ll take them and he’ll make justice so bright that all will see.
It may not be in your timing. You may find that you need to hurl it at him again because you tried to take it back. That doesn’t matter. Just re-commit your way to him. Trust him. He’ll show up in ways you could never imagine.
Karen Baney writes Christian historical and contemporary romance novels. When she’s not busy writing, she enjoys traveling the state of Arizona with her husband, exploring museums and the picturesque landscapes the state has to offer. Her faith plays an important role both in her life and in her writing. Karen and her husband make their home in Gilbert, Arizona, with their two dogs.
You can pick up copy of Karen’s novel, A Life Restored (Prescott Pioneers #3), on Amazon for your Kindle. This story follows the lives of two young people who have a lot to learn about trusting God. He takes them through dark and fearful places, eventually drawing them to himself and restoring their lives to ones that honor him.