PREOCCUPIED WITH MYSELF
When I become anxious, I become preoccupied with
myself--the focal point of my own attention. God commands me to
correct my focus.
Humble yourselves...casting all of your cares upon Him
for He cares for you. 1 Pet. 5:6-7
God tells me to humble myself in verse 6, and He tells me
how to do it in verse 7. If I'm filled with cares, my mind is
on myself constantly. I'm wrapped up in my own world because of
the anxieties swirling around in my mind. I can't be sensitive to
others because I'm not thinking about others. Only when I cast
every care upon the Lord, can I turn to care for and love other
One Sunday morning I was scheduled to speak in a large church.
Unfortunately, I felt guilty because I had not spent significant
time in God's Word that week. I felt like God was saying to me,
"Since you haven't been in My Word, let's see how you do on your
own today. Maybe this experience will teach you a lesson." As I
rehearsed the message in my mind, I became convinced it was going
to be a disaster. I thought, "I'm going to make a total fool of
Fortunately, God was not thinking what I feared He was
thinking. With about thirty minutes to go before my departure, my
Father in heaven got through to me, My son, I want you to cast
all your cares upon Me. Give me the care about your not being in
My Word this week and your care about this morning being a
disaster. I let out a sigh of relief, and God's peace flooded
in. At that point my focus turned to those I was going to share
with and how I might benefit them. Up until that time, my focus
had been entirely on myself.
Dealing With "Uncastable Cares"
Casting your anxieties on the Lord brings peace of mind. But,
be warned. At some point, you will likely receive an anxious
thought which seems "uncastable." When you try to cast it, it
seems to hit the ceiling and bounce back into your brain. Will
this be the end of the peace you've been enjoying? It will be,
unless you realize what Satan is doing behind the scenes.
The enemy has slung a flaming dart in your direction. The
problem is no longer the anxiety itself, but a subtle lie you've
received on top of the anxiety. The lie is simply this, You
can't cast this anxiety on the Lord. Whatever God commands you
to do, He enables you to do. When you recognize the lie and
dismiss it as such, you will again be free to cast the anxiety
itself upon the Lord.
Anxiety is never justified in God's sight. Let's be diligent to
obey His command to cast ALL of our cares upon Him.
(assisted by Brent Wallace)