This verse seemed to be randomly placed when I first read it this morning, but just afterwards Peter advises us to be alert against the enemy who prowls like a hungry lion. I know that my anxiety over when and how situations will happen is a trigger for believing lies and believing that I’m alone. But God first wants me to be aware that I can bring all my anxious thoughts and feelings to Him, and then to be alert about how the enemy will use that so I can resist him when the time comes. Through the Spirit I can stand FIRM in the faith. I do not have to do this alone. I’m also encouraged because Peter acknowledges that anxiety exists. He doesn’t tell us how to avoid it, because he knows it will come; instead, he tells us how we should handle it. And the advice isn’t to ignore it, pretend it doesn’t exist, beat ourselves up about experiencing it, or to go it alone.
“Cast ALL your anxiety on HIM because he CARES for YOU.”
Praise the Lord! He is caring; He is good; He is loving. He desires that my anxious heart turn to Him.