Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. (1 Peter 5:7 NLT)
Sounds easy, doesn’t it? I can hand off my worries and cares to God and let Him take them so I can go about other things.
So, why isn’t it that easy? Why do I find myself still worried and stressed out if all I have to do is give my cares to God?
I’ve found that giving my cares to God isn’t a one time act. If new fears and worries aren’t surrounding me, I’m trying to take back what I’ve already handed off.
Maybe you do this too. Consciously or without even realizing it, we start to wonder if God will really take care of what we’re worried about. We let doubt creep in. We get impatient with God’s timing. We question if He will handle the issue the way we think it should be handled. And we start to worry. Again.
Here is where we need to catch ourselves when it first begins. We cannot let the enemy put doubts in our head. And he will try to do just that!
Often to stop the fear and doubt, I have to give them to God again. And again and again, if necessary.
Thanks to Jesus’ death and resurrection, we can lay our fears and burdens at the foot of the cross, and ask Him for the help we need to leave them there. Each time we want to pick them up and take them back, we need to stop and pray. Each time we start to worry, stop and pray.
Don't fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God's wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It's wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life. (Philippians 4:6-7 The Message)
Will you pray with me?
Dear Lord Jesus,
I bring ___________________ (insert your fear, worry, burden) to You at the foot of the cross. Please take it from me. Forgive me for all the times I give You my worries and cares only to take them back again, thinking I can take care of it myself. I know You can and will handle it. Please give me the strength to relinquish control, to give it to You and to leave it with You.
Give me the strength to submit my will for Yours. I can only see my way to handle this, but I know You have unlimited ways and they are all better than mine.
I put my trust in You…Your Will…and Your Way.
In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.
Thanks for joining me here today! If you’re studying Micca Campbell’s An Untroubled Heart with me, we’re in Chapter 8 “Overcoming the Fear of the Unknown.” I hope you’ll visit again soon!