Blessed Assurance

1 Peter 5:7 (ESV)
“casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”

The same Greek word here for casting, “epiripsantes”, occurs also in Luke 19:35 referring to the action of throwing their coats upon the colt for Jesus to sit upon them. We can infer from this usage in Peter’s letter that not only should we give our anxieties on to God, but we also should let them go as well. However, to do so requires a faith that for many of us we simply do not possess.

How many of us go to the Father in prayer about our burdens, but we still want to manage them our way? We’ll let God work in the background, but we still want to control the process. We pray for relief from our knees, yet pick the burdens back up on our way off of our knees.

I am not advocating a “let go and let God” mentality here (if you know me from previous writings, I’m far from a fan of such a practice), but rather taking such a condition and growing from it. Let me illustrate.

Suppose you were in the kitchen by yourself preparing a meal for others. You want everything to be perfect, so you begin to question your ability, wondering if everything looks and tastes okay. Then, someone you know and trust comes in and confirms that everything looks and tastes great. You feel such relief! You no longer feel the burden of the meal alone, since you now have confirmation by another that everything is great. Even more, you believe this person because you trust them. The burden you felt was lifted in an instant.

When we have such faith in God’s Word and believe in His ability, we can truly cast our anxieties on Him, knowing He will sustain us (Psalm 55:22). Even better, such a faith will help us truly feel His presence in our lives. When we develop this sense of companionship in our daily walk, we can then take hold of the promise He has given us in Matthew 11:28-29 and never need to feel alone in any situation. The assurance the He truly cares for us and will never leave us (Hebrews 13:5-6) is our promise that our God can overcome anything we face in this world (1 John 4:4).

It is in that sense of presence in our lives where we can really grow in our faith. When we can learn to listen for God’s direction in the silence of our day, we not only feel closer to our Lord, but are learning to be obedient to His plan for us.

Faith, confidence, and the realization of God’s presence in our lives brings us a comfort beyond measure—but it does not relieve us of future trials and temptations. However, knowing that He is walking with us means that we should perceive all of these burdens to be simply opportunities to draw even closer to Him, for the God we serve and love has overcome the trials of this world (John 16:33).