I have had many people ask me recently, “how do you worry less?” They shared with me how they seem to worry about everything, and how they can’t seem to stop.
One of the scriptures that has helped me over the years, when I am concerned about how something will turn out, is found in 1 Peter 5:7. It says, “7 Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you.” The scripture instructs us to cast “all” of our anxiety on God, not just some of the things. Peter shares with us that we should do this because God cares for us. Well let’s get practical, what does that exactly mean? The word in Greek is ἐπιρίπτω (epiripto). What that meant was “to place or put something on someone else with great energy or throwing on forcefully” or “to put responsibility on or make responsible” (Logos Software). This means that we are to place the thoughts that we are concerned and worried about on God, not casually hoping that he will handle it, but as an action of faith. This means that we are to trust him, to trust that he will work it all out. We allow God to care for us, by resting our minds in the fact that God is taking responsibility for our situation. What are some worries that you have trouble allowing God to manage? Why does it seem so difficult?