Let him have all your worries and cares, for he is always thinking about you and watching everything that concerns you. 1 Peter 5:7

Scripture tells us over and over that God is our Helper, Redeemer, Sustainer, Deliverer, and Protector. He’s our source for strength and yet we don’t always go to Him in times of trouble. Maybe we don’t want to be a difficult, or maybe we just want to handle it on our own.

God doesn’t want you to panic over your problems, instead, He instructs us to let Him have all your worries. He wants your cares, your burdens, your anxieties… whatever is weighing you down. Some translations read to “cast your cares on God.” When Peter used the word “cast” in Hebrew he used the word “shalak” which means, “to throw, hurl, fling, shed, throw away.” So don’t simply give it to Him—really chuck it out there.

Sounds easier than it is, because worry is part our human nature. When sin entered the world, emotions like fear, anxiety, and worry did too. The problem comes when our cares transform into a panic.

In today’s verse, Peter affirms God is watching us and everything that concerns us. He takes care of our burdens and gives us comfort through His promises. What are your current cares that need to be hurled at Him? When I remember to stand on God’s promises, all my panic transforms into perfect peace. As I do, I understand what Paul meant when he said, “Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand” (Philippians 4:7a, NLT)

Dig Deeper: Read Psalm 55 in your Bible and underline any words or phrases that stand out to you.