Transferring ALL our WORRIES to GOD
December 20 Bible Reading: 1 Peter Chapters 4-5
Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for "God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble." Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. (1 Peter 5:5-7)
Corrie Ten Boom has remarked once like this: “Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength”. Today’s world can be described with three words: hurry, worry and bury. Worry is like a rocking chair, it gives us something to do, but it doesn't get us anywhere. Many people these days seem to have been infected with GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder) a condition marked with a perpetual state of worry about most aspects of their lives.
Our Lord Jesus Christ has expressly counseled us that we should not worry about what we will eat, drink, wear or generally about the future, for God, our Heavenly Father, knows that we need all these things and will take care of us (Matt. 6:25-34, esp. v. 32b). Instead, Jesus invites us to go to Him for rest for our souls (Matt. 11:28-30). Many years ago, King David has echoed the same thought as he expressed these words: "Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved." (Psalms 55:22)
Worry is unnecessary; there is no need for us to bear the burdens when God is willing and able to bear them for us. Worry is futile; it hasn't solved a problem yet. Worry is sin. A preacher once said: “Worry is sin because it denies the wisdom of God; it says that He doesn't know what He’s doing. It denies the love of God; it says He does not care. And it denies the power of God; it says that He isn’t able to deliver me from whatever is causing me to worry.”
In the above passage, Apostle Peter has suggested that we should transfer all our worries to God, for He cares for us as our Heavenly Father. Many times Satan uses discouragement as an effective tool against us to pull us down to a state of stress and depression. It is at these times that we should clothe ourselves with the joy of the Lord, which will be our strength and help us to overcome all our worries. The way we can transfer all our worries and care upon God is to go to Him in prayer!