Words from the Heart for Friday August 19th, 2016
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
1 Peter 5:7 (NIV)
Casting Our Anxiety of Him
Trying to throw anxiety away feels impossible – it seems to come right back. But God promises that He will exalt the humble, and anxiety is a form of pride that says, “I must solve all my problems.” What troubles do you face today? Throw them before God in prayer. Humble yourself before Him – He will lift up your weary soul!
According to a 2014 report, Canadians are putting money away for retirement, but still worry that they might now have enough to live comfortably once they do retire. Those who are most likely to say this are those who are within a decade of turning 65. 1700 Canadians were surveyed and according to the report the study suggests the much more needs to be done to assure that Canadians are ready for retirement. Conventional financial planning advice suggests that Canadians will need anywhere from 55 to 85 per cent of their working income in retirement, depending on their lifestyle. But 40% of those surveyed said they had no idea about how much they would need in the bank when they retired to enjoy the lifestyle they are hoping to maintain after they stop working fulltime.
There are a lot of things in life that we can worry about, and finances would certainly be near the top of the list. Most of us can something about our financial situation – save more, spend less, be wiser in how we live. But there are things that we have no control over that cause us anxiety – such things as actions of loved ones that are causing them harm, or illness, or aging. How do we handle life when anxieties increase? 1 Peter 5:7 gives us some good advice: “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” It is speaking of Jesus, of course, who tells us in Matthew 11:28: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” This isn’t just pie in the sky by and by” kind of thinking. Peter had experienced Jesus rest time after time. Before Jesus’ resurrection and the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, Peter learned often just how much Jesus cared for him and others. And after he had denied Jesus three times, those days between the crucifixion and resurrection must have been the worst of Peter’s life. But Jesus made a beeline for him after he rose from the tomb and made sure that Peter experienced the peace that only He could give. When Peter tells us to cast our anxiety on Him, he does so out of experience. Jesus cared for him and He cares for you too.
These have been words from the heart.