TRUST GOD THROUGH ANXIETY
6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:6-7
The forefathers of this country really understood the power of God's promise of trust. They lived through some of the craziest times during our humble beginnings. From the pilgrims that were running away for spiritual freedom into a new world that they had no idea how to navigate, to the patriots who fought their mother land and called for freedom. We have not been a country that has been without our flaws and failures, but in the midst of it, the authors of our constitution knew the importance of making sure that God was a part of the conversation. Many of the signers of the constitution were strong leaders in their churches and truly held strong to their faith. They trusted in God so much that they stamped it one the greatest things that we hold valuable in this country... our money. So that every time we spend it we are reminded that it is only through the power of God's promise that we have been given this blessing. Every time we earn it, we are reminded that it is a part of God's promise to trust in Him to take care of our every need. It does not mean that we are all going to be millionaires and that we are not going to struggle, but it does mean that God knows exactly what we need and gives us the strength to endure through the uncertain and anxious times.
Just look at those words for a second. IN GOD WE TRUST. Would it not be amazing if we were able to say that about every aspect of our lives. In the crazy decisions that we have to make each and every day, what if we really stepped into those words and allowed God's promise of us trusting Him would lead us to a life more centered around peace than anxiety.
I know that is crazy, but I also know that maybe we start today laying out our lives back into the hands of the Creator. Maybe today we are able to really say, "God, I am truly ready to trust you with every area of my life or maybe we need to take it a little slower and say God I need to trust you with THIS area of my life." It all leads us to realizing the joy that is in the promise when we let go and let God be part of the solution. It always gives us the chance to see the true joy that we may be missing out on because we allowed our lives to become so caught up on the small things and not being able to see the bigger picture beyond the mountain we have placed in front of us. Yes, I know that is easier said than done. GUILTY as charged. I am just saying that God is asking us to trust in Him and lay whatever this hold the world has on our hearts, minds and souls at HIS feet. Instead of bowing to the god of anxiety that can literally cause us to literally stop in our tracks, maybe we can step out with the GOD of TRUST and find the freedom we have been searching for all of our lives.
Looking at Peter's letter, we can definitely take the words to heart. The first thing that we do is HUMBLE yourselves. Peter has definitely experienced this himself with his journey with Jesus. Peter was a picture of anxiety trying to figure out what he needed to do to please Jesus. He tried to stop Jesus from washing his feet. He questioned Jesus on what was going to happen next. He even drew his sword and cut off the ear of a soldier when he knew the Jesus was not about violence. Finally, Peter in the heat of the moment did not trust God, but on the contrary denied Jesus three times and fled in total disgust of what he had done as the rooster crowed. It should not surprise us that we are all apart of a fallen world and that we truly fail to realize the importance of what God has called us to do by simply humbling who we are and casting all of these burdens and anxieties toward God to help us figure out. Peter is not saying this as something we might want to think about. He is saying this as one who experienced the freeing power of God once he finally gave everything over to Him. We are called to do the same. As I said the first part is the toughest because it means that we have to let go of the control of trying to fix everything ourselves. It means that we have to step out of the boat of our anxieties and onto the water of faith with our eyes fixed on Jesus. Never looking back but taking every step to move forward and trusting in God fully to take care of our needs.
So today that may mean that we make a list of those things that cause us to have so much anxiety that we cannot function. It may mean that we really look into the mirror and realize what we continue to hold on to that is causing us so much stress. When the forefathers of this country wrote those words, they reminded us all that we are NEVER alone. They
reminded us that we have a lot of things that we need to hand over to God if we are ever going to find true peace. Let it go and lay it down at the feet of Jesus and allow Him to lift us up and give us the strength we need to overcome. It is not going to be easy and as I say all the time to myself, "You cannot eat the elephant all at once. You have to eat it one bite at a time. But eventually you will see that the elephant is gone. My prayers today are for all of us to be able to do trust in God. I pray that we are able to really become stronger in our trust with God and live into those words every day. There are going to be setbacks, but the God who cares for us will never stop pursuing us until the last day. What an amazing promise that we are able to watch being fulfilled through our lives, but we have to take the first step to humble ourselves and cast all of our anxieties, worries, stresses, etc... at the feet of Jesus. We are NEVER alone and I am thankful for God teaching me this lesson and reminding me of the same power that is available to me if I too will give it over to God.