Proverbs 12:25 says, “An anxious heart weighs a person down.”
If we’ve started the year worried and stressed over a particular circumstance, we don’t have to be told that anxiety weighs us down. Our sleepless nights and anxious thoughts are constant reminders.1 Peter 5:7 says, “Cast all your anxiety on Him.” In stressful times this Scripture can feel like an annoying religious statement, impossible to achieve. But if we read the surrounding context of that statement we see how to make ourselves less anxious. Often we blame our anxiety on what others are doing to us – it’s mostly their fault! However, nobody can make us do or feel anything other than what we allow. For instance, if our bosses are making us overwork, we have the right to state our case. Then we have choices. Do I want to burn out and risk a heart attack or serious health issue?
If not, what am I going to do about it? There are always alternatives. 1 Peter 5 says, “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” Because Christ cares for us He will be prompting us toward right attitudes and actions. Actually the context of 1 Peter 5 is “Clothe yourselves with humility toward one another,” 1 Peter 5:5. In your anxious situation have you taken serious time to see from another’s perspective? Often we can be dogmatic and demand our rights…. either with passive aggression or blatant force. Neither way is God’s way. So take a step back and review where you are at. Remember that it is God who avenges if we feel unjustly treated; not us!
Finally, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.“Then the peace comes; because actually God cares deeply for us. .