not above worry

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

1 Peter 5:7

Live carefree before God; he is most careful with you.

1 Peter 5:7; MSG

Not long ago I wrote a post which has helped me up to this time to refuse worry, holding it at bay while I try to see the bigger picture. The emphasis in the post was that through God’s grace and provision to us, we’re to make the effort needed to grow, and as that letter says in the end, to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (2 Peter).

I love the thought from Eugene Peterson’s rendering of this passage, the idea of living carefree before God. God is careful, or full of care in the right way over us, and will take care of whatever troubles us. It almost seems like this is something that we simply much choose to do.

I’ve noticed in my own life that when I get back in the worrying mode, I just go on from one gnawing concern to another. No sooner do I get out, or break free than another one is either on me, or just around the corner. I remember years ago that when I wasn’t worrying about something, I was kind of like worrying when the next worry would hit me.

Contrast that to simply choosing to live carefree before God. Or as the more literal translation says, to cast all our anxiety on God. So that it requires our effort, but is also something we simply live in. That’s when I’ve found that once again I can hold worries at bay. Refusing to receive them so that I simply live anxiety free.  That makes an amazing difference in being able to receive and appreciate God’s good gift and goodness to us in Jesus. Either I think I have to be uptight, or believe God will take care of whatever the concern is.

So it’s one or the other. We’ll live in anxiety and worry over one thing after the next. Or we’ll refuse to do that, instead casting our cares on God so that we can live carefree lives before him. I suppose for many, there’s something in between. I am beginning, I think to understand that it’s better to simply live in God’s peace no matter what happens, then to not live in that peace while supposedly avoiding trouble. Problems, trouble, even trials are unavoidable in this life.

I have managed my anxiety issues better in the past months. But with the recent post mentioned above had basically broken free from it altogether, little more than a week, ha. I want to go on now, trusting the Lord will be with me to help me deal responsibly with situations, hopefully with his wisdom and not my own understanding (Proverbs 3:5-6). Just to live within the normal tension of life, but more and more experiencing that peace of God that surpasses our understanding (Philippians 4:6-7). In and through Jesus.