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We are digging into some good stuff for our Fear Project today. Pull up a shovel!
But before we start, I want to make sure I don’t forget to tell you about an exciting free online event which will be about this very subject – fear! I’ll talk about it at the end of this post.
Ok, here we go. Prepare for fascinating!
Fear Verse #7 …
1 Peter 5:7 (NIV): Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you.
Ah, a well-known and well-loved verse.
Peter was quoting Psalm 55:22, which will be our
Fear Verse #8 …
Psalm 55:22 (ESV): Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.
What is your first thought after reading those verses today? Easier said than done?
The question that popped into my head was: What does it look like exactly to cast all your anxiety on him? What does He want it to look like?
Let’s see what we can find out.
The reason I picked this verse today is because I read a blog post by Holley Gerth titled: What Beats Fear. She said a couple of things that got my brain a-rolling.
Holley Gerth quote #1:
“Fear is inevitable, but shame over it is optional. Fear is wired into our very brains, into the most primitive part of us. This is not a mistake on the part of our Maker. It is strategic so that we survive. God knows this and He has compassion, not condemnation, toward our fear. I discovered when He says, “Do not fear” to someone in Scripture it is almost always to someone who is already afraid. It is not a rebuke but a reassurance.”
It’s not a rebuke?
You mean all those three-hundred-and-some-odd verses in the Bible that say “Do not fear” are not a rebuke? Maybe we feel like they are because we have to keep learning it over and over. Or maybe I should just speak for myself. ha.
Enter today’s verse to answer that question. Thank you Peter!
It reminds us that He cares for us. That is clear throughout the Bible, not just in this verse.
Let’s also keep in mind that parents rebuke their children for running in the street because they care for them and know what’s best for them.
Let’s do some more digging. (Pretend you’re at the beach! Or maybe in your garden. Beach for me.)
Most versions of the Bible have today’s verse as the extension of a sentence that started in verse 6. So let’s read the whole sentence …
1 Peter 5:6-7 (ESV): Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
Ok. Do you remember sentence diagramming? Think back to middle school. Wait – don’t leave! I promise this won’t take long. All I want to do is put this sentence in it’s most simplified state – down to the root (had to say it since we are digging). That would be …
All the rest of that looooong sentence tells you either HOW to humble yourself or WHERE or WHY. Go ahead, read it again and check my work.
So the part of that sentence we’re talking about today (casting all your anxieties on Him) falls into the HOW category.
I find this fascinating!
How can we humble ourselves? Cast our anxieties on God – not keep them (aka worry).
And we all know that God wants us to become humble (James 4:6). Maybe a little anxiety will teach us?
Fascinating, I tell ya!
My Life Application Study Bible says, “Carrying your worries, stresses, and daily struggles by yourself shows that you have not trusted God fully with your life. It takes humility to recognize that God cares, to admit your need, and to let Him help you. Letting God have your anxieties calls for action, not passivity. Don’t submit to circumstances, but to the Lord who controls circumstances.”
Speaking of “don’t submit to circumstances” …
Holley Gerth quote #2:
“Fear is a chihuahua that sounds like a doberman. I first said this in You’re Made for a God-sized Dream and I go back to it over and over again. But here’s the secret: it’s toothless. The worst it can do is scare us away from God’s best for our lives. It has no real power. Face it with faith and it will back down every time.”
Let’s not let fear scare us away from God’s best for us.
Today’s verse tells us to move from trusting in our own resources and trusting in our strategies for life, to resting in God and His resources. This requires the deliberate release of control and the intentional placement of worries and concerns upon God.
Let’s circle back. Remember our first question? Easier said than done? Well, we now know that the reason it has been “easier said than done” to cast our anxiety on Him is because we’re not humble. We’re not resting in Him. We want control.
And our second question – what does casting your anxiety on God actually look like? It looks like releasing control and trusting God. Practically speaking, I find it helps to camp out in His Word – prayerfully reading and not closing my Bible until I can release it to Him.
His Word will change us.
I pray our study today in 1 Peter did just that!
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Here’s the info I promised you … Awaken New Courage at the Summit!
Today, I am excited to share with you (because it’s right on target with what we are studying!) a FREE online event …
The Journey Together Summit, June 5-8
The sole mission of this online Summit is helping us discover new bravery. Whether you desire to be brave at home or at work, in your marriage or with your children, in ministry or in the mess of the day, dealing with a surprising life or just organizing it – this is the event for you. There is something for everyone with over 34 topics of fear covered!
They are featuring an awesome line-up of authors who will give your practical, relevant and biblical tips for stepping into peace, purpose, and passion.
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Your sister on the journey,