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Casting Out Anxiety

November 15, 2017
1 Peter 5:7 (NIV) | "Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you." | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies | Week 2 Verse | #AnxiousForNothing #P31OBS

Hey friends, Anna Currin back with you today!

In our last message, we talked about the wonderful truth that we’re not alone in our struggles and God is always near. Today, we’re digging into our Verse of the Week, 1 Peter 5:7. It says,

“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”

Not only is God always near, but He cares for us and wants us to rely on Him. Even when we can’t feel His presence, He is as near as our next breath!

Maybe you’re wondering what exactly “casting our anxiety on Him” looks like?

Well, this past September, during our family vacation, 1 Peter 5:7 really came to life for me. I was reading/preparing for Anxious For Nothing, so it was fresh in my mind. I went out one evening to snap a few photos of the girls running around, when I found myself capturing these images instead:

“Casting Out Anxiety” by Anna Currin | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies | #AnxiousForNothing #P31OBS

This unknown-to-me fisherman ended up as the focus of my lens. I was drawn to the effortless way he cast his line. It was habit. Something he had mastered. It reminded me of the simplicity of releasing my anxiety to God. Something I’m prone to over-complicate.

In the first image, he casts the line, releasing it from his control. Then, my favorite part ... he walks away.

What a beautiful visual to store in our mind. When anxiety begins to take over, we can release it to God and then walk away and TRUST.

One definition of “cast” is “to toss, or throw in a specific direction.” Can you imagine how “throwing” our worries, fears, and destructive thoughts to God would change the way we react to things? Instead of letting our anxiety hold us captive, we toss them over to Him.
 
Easier said than done though, right? I wish I could say that this was always my first reaction, but like I’ve shared previously, it’s not. I often let anxiety come in and overstay its welcome.
 
BUT, the more we cling to God’s Word AND wholeheartedly believe He cares for us, the more natural it’ll become. Eventually we will master the act of  “casting” our worries over, just as effortlessly as that fisherman casts his line. And THEN we’ll be reeling in the peace of Jesus.

Blessings,
Anna

Reflect and Respond:

Why do you think it’s so difficult to fully release our anxiety on Him? Is this something you have to be more intentional about doing, or has it become more natural for you?

Events for you this week...

  • If you want more, and are looking to learn from some incredible authors and speakers who have experienced anxiety first hand, make sure you check out Session 2 of our optional Be Still and Know Teaching Series.

 

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