Like a fisherman, cast your net of anxieties to God to get a divine and wonderful catch!
“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7).
Today’s Bible insights come in a context of the need for humility toward one another. (verses 5-6). However, humility toward one another would not come naturally. The previous verses say it will be possible only if we humble ourselves to be under the mighty hand of God. In other words, vertical humility to God is a pre-requisite for a successful and sustaining horizontal humility toward one another. If an ongoing humility toward God characterizes our nature and we position ourselves to be under the mighty hand of God, then the horizontal constant humility becomes easily attainable.
Now, why we should be humble to God and place ourselves under the mighty hand of God? Because of the knowledge that “God opposes the proud and gives favor to the humble.” (verse 5(c)). This knowledge about God is essential. Understanding God’s nature helps us to humble ourselves under the hand of God. The context here also says the result of humbling ourselves under God. What is the result? God will lift us up in due time. In the end, those who humble under the mighty hand of God reaps the good and excellent reward from Him, don’t they?
First, we know God’s character because He is opposed to the proud and gives favor to the humble. Here is the beginning point. Second, we know when we humble under the hand of God; then it becomes easy to show humility to others. Third, the result of humility to God is – He will lift us up in due time. Fourth, When we place ourselves under the mighty hand of God and have the nature of humility toward one another, there is a chance for anxieties in us. Young and adult believers would face this because being a child of God we do not use man’s weapons and words. Those times, cast all your anxieties on God because He cares for you. Do you see the connections here now?
Our verse for today says, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” Beloved, God has thousands of ways and connections to solve our anxieties and issues when we do not have even one in front of us.
Therefore, the insight here is this – Cast all your anxiety on God. Why? He cares for you and is better equipped and knowledgeable to solve it. Because we decided to place ourselves under the mighty hand of God thereby showing humility to God, then do not try to resolve the issues by our might or efforts without discussing with Him. God has far better interests and plans for you. He promised He would lift you up in due time, didn’t He? God can turn your sadness into gladness. He can turn your anxieties into brand new opportunities you never envisioned. People’s hearts and all resources are at His disposal. He turns those the way He wants to spin it. Therefore, just cast your anxiety on Him. And let God sort out a solution to your problems and worries. The promise is He will act on your behalf. He will not be idle and allow things to develop without His influence.
Being a fisherman, Peter uses a fishing word here. A fisherman never knows what type of fish he is going to catch. A fisherman has no clue of the outcome. But in faith, he casts his net. You do the same thing-caste your anxieties to God. He will go to work on your behalf and lift you up and reward you in the best and surprising way. You will be amazed to see the results and glorify and worship Him.
How do we cast our anxiety on God? Philippians 4:6 says, throw your anxiety on God by praying and letting God know all about it. Prayer is the net we cast in the ocean of God’s providence and grace. And the catch God going to give you will be divine, excellent and perfect.
Got a moment for today’s prayer? Let us pray. “Father in heaven, I submit my will to your will. I want to be under your mighty hand because you promised you will lift me up in due time. I cast my worries and anxieties on you. Please help me and solve my issue. I believe Jesus Christ died and rose again for my sins. Please save me and help me. In Christ’s name, I pray. Amen.