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Cares and Worries

Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you. 1 Peter 5:7

When reading this verse recently, as often happens, something new jumped off the page: Give.

Not “tell God about” or “plead with Him to deal with” those worries and cares, but give them to Him.

When we give something to someone else, it is no longer ours. It now belongs to them. Whether it’s a birthday present, or even taking unwanted clothes to the thrift store, those things are out of our lives, not taking up space or thought any longer.

But is that really possible?

We often find ourselves staring at the ceiling from our bed at night, wrestling with our concerns rather than falling asleep. Trying to figure things out. Planning things. I mean, that’s a good thing, right? Our culture trains us to master our own destiny, pull ourselves up by our bootstraps, figure things out.

But that’s not what God is saying at all.

He is telling us to give that fear, that unsaved relative, those career decisions to Him. And not take them back.

But how do we actually do it?

2 Corinthians 10:5 instructs us to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. But we aren’t told to hold onto it, chewing on it and becoming even more anxious. We must give it to Him, by laying it at the foot of the cross and walking away. Living by faith means to trust Him to take those cares and concerns and work them out according to His perfect plan for us. And His perfect plan is guaranteed to be far superior to any solutions our mind can find.

Jane Ritzenthaler

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