What, Me Worry? – 166

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1 Peter 5:7 says, “Casting all our cares upon Him for He cares for you. This versus has a play on words in the Greek, where your care becomes God’s care. The words care and cares here are two entirely different words. Looking closely at their meanings makes this promise even more precious to us.

In the Greek text this word care is merimna. (Mer’-im-nah) It has to do with anxiety, stress, distractions, insecurities, worries – the kind of thoughts that rob peace of mind. Jesus used the word in Mt 6:25 when He said, “For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?”

The second word, translated cares, is melo (mel’-o). It is a verb meaning to be concerned about or interested in. God is not only aware of us, but He is interested in us. Even more, He cares for us with deepest affection, and watches over us very carefully!

We can cast all our worries, insecurities, doubts, concerns – everything that steals our peace of mind – upon Him, for our well-being in day to day life matters very much to Almighty God, our Father!

Now, get this: in the 2 preceding verses Peter tell us to put on humility, for God is opposed to the proud but gives grace to the humble. Let us humble ourselves – under God’s Mighty Hand, he says – which is a reference to the Exodus from Egypt. God WILL exalt us at the proper time, he assures us.

However, the proud, the disdainful, the presumptuous, when life comes at them – POW! – DEAL with it themselves. But, did you know that worry is also form of pride because it involves taking concerns upon ourselves instead of entrusting them to God. “I” have to take care of these things, “I” will figure this out, and so on. We get anxious, depressed, and wonder why God is not helping. Now you know!

So today, my friend, it’s time to roll those cares onto God’s shoulders – and COME ALIVE!

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