All Our Anxieties

April 14, 2020
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1 Peter 5:7 – Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. (NIV)

The Greek word for anxiety is "merimna" which means to be distracted or divided, to fall apart or to be split into pieces. It is a good description of something that we all experience when life hits us hard. One day, everything seems to be going well; the very next day, everything is blown apart, and we're left picking up or worrying over the pieces. Sometimes, it happens to us; sometimes, it happens to our family and friends — health issues, work problems, relationship struggles — and we don't know what to say or do. Sometimes, it happens to our nation, or the whole world. We worry because we feel powerless, and this, in turn, isolates us from the help that we need. Anxiety takes over, and our future dreams are fragmented.

According to the apostle Peter, the remedy for anxiety is God's great care and compassion. The Greek word is "melei", which means to be fully concerned, deeply solicitous, and totally involved. In other words, when we feel anxious, God cares about the worries that we have, and He seeks to help us through them. This is why Jesus also invited us to come to Him when we are weary, burdened, and at the end of our tether. He is willing to provide us with comfort, rest, and strength. He said:

Matthew 11:28-30 – Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. (NIV)

Application: Are you anxious about something or someone in your life? Let God's loving care help and embrace you at this time.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, You know the things that heighten our anxiety and the current worries that burden us. Be near us today and allow us to feel Your loving presence in our hearts, minds, and homes. In Your holy name, we pray. Amen.


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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thank you.


    Amen, John.


    Thank you, John, for another excellent devotional.


    Thank you, John, for this timely devotional reminder. Blessings.


    Thank you for today’s devotional. Your words lighten the burden!


    Thanks, John this song popped into my head after reading your devotional. Perfect match!


    Thank you for your message.
    Once again, I think it is beautifully written and it ‘hits the mark’.
    Blessings.


    Thank you for your email and dealing with our anxiety with the truth from God’s Word. Pray for Sioux Falls, SD where there has been an increase in cases and the packing plant has been shut down.


    Greetings John,
    Thank you for this devotional focusing on the reassurance of having our loving Lord always on duty to serve us and carry us thru times of disruption in our daily lives. The scripture reference of Matthew 11 is a very comforting one to focus on in anxious times.
    Blessings for your devotional writings,
    (B.C).


    Good morning John,
    At the present time I can relate to several of the problems you listed in the first paragraph of your devotional. I am making an effort to let God’s peace surround me at this time.
    Thanks for writing.


    Grateful for the simplicity and relevance of your writing today, John. And the truth and efficacy. Much needed.

 



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