“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in your faith…” (1 Peter 5:7-9a)
Have you ever felt like God has forgotten about you? The letter of 1st Peter is a letter written to believers who were experiencing persecution from a culture that was hostile to their faith. Peter’s letter reminds them that God has not forgotten them, but was using the trials as a testimony and as a refining fire to strengthen them. With that context in mind, we come to today’s verses.
Do you see the connection between verses 8 and 9? The devil wants us to doubt that God cares for us. His scheme is to try to cause us to feel isolated, alone and to drive us to a place where we question God’s love and care, so that we will not trust in Him any longer. Anxiety is a powerful weapon, especially combined with feeling alone and forgotten.
How does Peter know for certain that Jesus “cares for you” in the midst of your greatest anxiety? Peter is likely drawing on examples from his own life. Remember when the 12 disciples were in the boat with Jesus and the storm began to overtake the boat, but Jesus was sleeping through it? At the height of their fear/anxiety, the disciples woke Jesus and screamed, “Don’t you care if we drown?!” (Mark 4:38). Peter saw not only that Jesus cared about them (he was in the boat with them by the way) but he also saw the power of God to overcome the circumstance.
Don’t give in to discouragement! We are never alone and never forsaken in Christ. Trust his care even if you can’t feel it. He’s with you. May you lay it all at His feet and let God’s grace prevail in your life.
Question: Where are you most prone to doubt God’s care in your life?
Challenge: Read the story mentioned above in Mark 4:35-41.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, help me to stay alert and to never doubt your care for me. I cast my anxieties on you today. Amen.
Geoff Horn, Chapel Leader -- San Diego Padres