Give Your Problems to Me – God
So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor. Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. – 1 Peter 5:6-7 (NLT)
Modern life is a high-speed pressure cooker. Things move so fast it seems like you blink and it’s time to look at something else. Notebooks and smart phones are convenient, but they also flood you with more than one person can possibly process. When things move at the speed of hyperspace, pressures mount. Families fall apart. Financial strains increase. Whether it’s terrorism, earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, fires or catastrophic illness, there are plenty of reasons for fear and anxiety. The question is: how will you cope?
Why not cast your cares on Me?
Trying to do everything yourself puts a burden on you that I didn’t intend for you to bear. I created human beings for a relationship with Me. Why go through life feeling so overwhelmed that you wind up reaching for a prescription bottle—and then have to deal with unpleasant side effects, or even addiction?
Life is stressful, as shown by the use of antidepressants. That’s why I sent My Son, to relieve the weights that you can’t handle. The earth isn’t a perfect place because the devil introduced his way of doing things. But Jesus came to correct the situation. He promised that people would face troubles and anxiety, but to take heart in His ability to overcome the world.
Anxiety comes from worrying over how you will handle something. Face it: you can’t control every situation or manage every difficulty. I can. Quite often, a problem isn’t as overwhelming as you make it. Ask any older person how many things they worried about in the past actually happened. Stop and say a prayer right now. Tell Me how you’re feeling. Just expressing a problem can help lighten your load.
Catalyst for Spiritual Growth
- How do you think the followers of Jesus felt when He told them he was leaving them? How would you feel? Can you take heart in His promise to overcome the world? Why?