1 Peter 5:7 says this, “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” Now if you take look at the verse that follows (verse 8) you will see that it speaks to our enemy, the Devil. I find this to be no coincidence. I firmly believe that anxiety and fear are things that are from the enemy and not from our God. The first step in laying our worries at the foot of the cross is realizing that the worries and fears we have are simply deceptions from the enemy and they do not have to be part of who we are.
The next step in casting our anxiety on Him is as simple as admitting that we cannot do anything on our own and we need Him in everything we do. As a culture we are “do-ers”. It is in our nature to try to do things and expect a reward. Well, like many other things in the kingdom of God, we must become counter-cultural on this subject.
As we begin to admit that we are helpless, we find freedom in that very helplessness. When we embrace this freedom, there is a frightening word that rises… Humility. Verse 6 says this, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.” I believe that 1 Peter 5:7 is just as much and instruction towards humility as it is anything else.
Humility and freedom come when we realize that fear and anxiety are not part of our nature. Next we must lay down our worry at the cross, realizing and admitting that we are helpless, and then we will walk in humility under the Lord so that He may lift us up.
Written by: Zach Worsham