I sometimes strain through life. And I define every potential problem I may have, delineate every solution available, and often dwell on the worst outcome. And when I have come to terms with whatever outcome I decide is most probable, I feel relief but for a moment before I quickly move on to another problem. And maybe you do this too. And we live our lives with fluctuating, but always existing, anxiety as if anxiety were our security blanket.
But I want
God’s perspective. And we need God’s perspective. Because in God’s
perspective, in the light of God’s purpose for us, most we strain about becomes
It is not that our Lord does not value our anxieties--He certainly does care
for us. It is more that our anxieties become peripheral to us
in God's light.
We must see
matters as our Lord sees those matters. When we cast our cares on our
Lord, our Lord graciously opens our eyes to the context of our cares. By
deliberately casting our cares on the Lord, we place those cares in the light
of God’s presence. The context of God’s presence becomes what
matters. God’s presence reminds us of His promises. We gain the
perspective that God is in control.
And we gain
the perspective that if we are seeking God, God’s purpose for our lives cannot
be frustrated; no anxiety, no circumstance, no horrific outcome, no plot of the
enemy, no failure, and no pain can thwart the will of God in my life. And
in your life.
We do not
have to claw through life from anxiety to anxiety because God's perspective
compels us to rest in Him.
Why do we
struggle to cast our cares on our Lord? Perhaps it is my pride.
Maybe I want to control the solution to my problem because I somehow think I
can obtain the outcome I want; I can obtain the best
outcome; I am the solution. It is not that I manifestly believe these
fictions; these fictions are tangled in the deep roots of my problem--they are
likely subconscious, but they are no less a problem. Perhaps these
fictions pervade your thinking.
Before we can
enjoy this blessing of peace in our Lord, we must give up control.
Casting, by its very nature, is relinquishing control. We
must recognize that we cannot find solutions in ourselves; we cannot find peace
Then, it is
no longer about the solution to our problems; it is about the process of giving
control to God. Because once we do that, our responsibilities are
complete. Giving control to God is truly the only element of the peace
process that lies with us. Our problems are far too big for us, but they
are not too big for our Lord. Any peace we find within our own solutions
will be temporary and superficial. If we do not realize our limits, we
will never realize our Lord’s peace.
I pray for
humility that propels us to give control to God. And this humility often
hurts because it means realizing our own limitations. I pray we
deliberately cast our anxieties on our Lord. This is not a passive activity
that happens on its own. Praise God that our Lord wants to carry our
burdens. Praise God for the freedom that comes with Christ’s perspective.
your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7 NIV).
was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.” (Psalm 94:19 NIV).
“Do not be
anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with
thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which
transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ
Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6, 7 NIV).
coffee. You hurt me so good.
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