Day 20 | He Cares For You
Reading: 1 Peter 5:7
I remember the look that my now wife gave me when I naively told her “don’t be stressed…” as she was studying frantically for her statistics final in college. There was more I wanted to say in that sentence that never made it out because as I now know, that is terrible counseling. Yet, this is the same advice, if not a command, that Jesus gives us in Matthew 6:31. “Therefore, do not be anxious,” he said to the crowd. The difference here is in the power of the person saying these words. Jesus has the ability to command us to not be anxious because he has authority over everything in our lives.
I know for some authority causes more anxiety than it cures. But think of it this way, the God who created you, knows every flaw and failure, who knows every intimate detail of your life, who knows who you are and what you need, that God cares for you! The God who is literally holding together the entire universe that we can only catch a glimpse of part of its glory cares about the smallest details of our lives. God, who created all things and is holding them all together, who knows the stars by name because he gave them a name, who stands alone as perfect and complete, became an infant in a stable. Humble, lowly, and weak God sent His Son to us because He cares for us, His lowly, weak, humbled children.
The question for us now is what does our anxiety lead us toward? When we are anxious, do we try to remedy the situation and fix it, or do we take our anxiety to the manger and the cross? Do you use anxiety to push you towards worship of the great God who cares for you or do you turn to an idol for comfort? As the text says, Cast your anxiety on Him because He came to us, He has the power to save, Emmanuel, God with us, cares for you.
Question: Does your anxiety push you towards or away from God?