Friday, May 3, 2013

Casting it all on Him

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.  
1 Peter 5:7

Peter knew about casting.  I have a feeling he knew a little about anxiety too.  Here was a guy who betrayed his best friend.  He denied knowing him, not once, not twice, but three times when given the chance to admit he knew Jesus, he denied ever knowing him.  

I wonder. 

When Peter wrote his letter, did he have in mind all the fishing nets he cast in the water, eagerly anticipating the day's catch, did he maybe see himself taking those cares of the world, and throwing them out in the net casting it upon the waters.

He was the only writer of the New Testament who used the word merimna - worry, concern, anxiety.  The Apostle Paul told the Philippians not to be anxious about anything, but Peter wrote where to put the anguish inside a soul.  Paul gave a command, Do Not be anxious about anything and Peter gave us a place to put the anxiety Paul told us not to carry.

 Peter may have thrown an empty net into the Sea of Galilee expecting to pull it out full of the day's catch, but maybe he filled it with his anxieties before tossing it into the waters of the very lake he once walked on with the friend he would inevitably betray.

Merriam-Webster says that anxiety is "an abnormal and overwhelming sense of apprehension and fear often marked by physiological signs (as sweating, tension, and increased pulse), by doubt concerning the reality and nature of the threat, and by self-doubt about one's capacity to cope with it."

But God, the lover of your soul, cares for you.  He melei, he cares, he feels our trouble, our anxiety.  He can carry the anxieties that we cast on him because he is big enough to carry them.

Keep casting.  

 Because He cares for you.

Casting the whole of your care, all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.

Amplified Bible


Matthew 14:28-33; 26:35, 69-75; Mark 14:53-72; Luke 22:54-62; John 18:15-27; John 21; 
Acts 2:14-41