Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. 1 Peter 5:7 (NLT)
The Bible tells us that God wants ALL of your worries. He doesn’t want a couple of your worries or that worry from last month. He wants them all. So, what’s the big deal about carrying your own worries? Think of a traffic accident on the side of the road. People will typically slowdown, taking their attention away from what’s in front of them to focus on the accident. Worry is like a traffic accident by the side of the road in your life. If you give your attention to that worry, it will cause you to slowdown and focus on your problem instead of focusing on God. Let’s look at an example from the Bible. The disciples were in a boat on a lake in the midst of a terrible storm. During the storm, Jesus walked on the water toward the boat. Peter called out to Jesus in the verse below:
Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.” “Yes, come,” Jesus said. So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted. Matthew 14:28-30 (NLT)
Peter was completely fine as long as He was focused on Jesus in front of him. But Peter began to sink once he saw the strong wind and the waves. He took his focus off of Jesus and began to focus on the problems around him. The Bible tells us that He was terrified (worried). You will be terrified or worried when you focus on your problems because your problems always look bleak. So, if you have any worries in your life, give them all to God because He cares about you. Instead of focusing on the problem, keep your focus on Jesus. Focus on what God’s Word (the Bible) has to say about you and your situation.
Tip: It’s a good habit to have a specific Bible verse to give you comfort when facing a problem. When worry tries to enter your thoughts, read the verse to remind yourself of what God has to say about the situation. Need a list of Bible verses to get you started? Click here.