'Stop worrying'

Saturday Reflection

4th July 2020

Cast all your anxiety on him

Yesterday we were focusing on trials and struggles
and how we should respond to them based on the reading from 1Peter 1:5-6.
Today we continue on this theme,
taken from the same letter, skipping forward to chapter 5:6-7

6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand,1 that he may lift you up in due time.
7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

Jesus said,

" not be anxious about tomorrow,
for tomorrow will be anxious for itself.
Sufficient for the day is its own trouble." Matthew 6:34

I came across a lovely quote yesterday which sums it up perfectly,
'When we worry about tomorrow, we pull tomorrow's clouds over today's sunshine,'
But I can hear you saying,
'That's all very well to say, but not so easy to do!'
I do so agree - at least I used to be a great worrier
before I realised it was getting me nowhere.
Another quote I like
... 'Worrying works! - the things I worry about rarely happen.'
Think about it!
Jesus said

'27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? ' Matthew 6:27

Of course the answer to that is 'No.'
It's as though we have a 24 hour fuse.
We are wired to deal with the stresses of one day at a time.
If we worry about tomorrow today,
we are putting a 48hr load on a 24hr fuse,
and something is going to give somewhere.
Some of us don't just worry about tomorrow,
we worry about next week, and next month.
No wonder the fuse is going to blow.

What the mind cannot contain, it will inflict onto the body.
If our health is breaking down it could be that worry is the problem.
There is so much talk during this epidemic about mental health problems.
Yes they are often caused by chemical imbalances in the brain
but they are exacerbated by worry.
The Bible tells us to cast all our care,
the whole of our care, all our anxieties, on God, once and for all.

Be anxious about nothing, and that means nothing.
Focus on the things over which we do have some control
and let God take care of the rest.

Our heavenly Father cares for us and wants the best for us;
and he's in a far better position to put that into play than we are;
so let us put our trust in him.