Worries… we all have them. Some of them turn to anxieties. Some of them cost us trust. Worries can be such a pain to our daily life. So this verse is about them… i don’t have anything else to say about it… i think that covers it nicely. Let’s go for it…
“7 Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” 1Peter 5:7 NLT
Pretty short sweet and to the point right? Well i had heard this verse before but from a different translation and i loved how it was phrased in that so i’ll post that one as well.
Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. KJV
We’ll use both translations today. Because i think if you just use the one you loose a little bit of emphasis.
So looking at the word “Give” or “Casting” …..I see the word Give as you are Giving something to someone, you’re not going to ask for it back, you’re not showing it to them or borrowing it or so on…. no you are GIVING this over….so it’s going to stay that way.
So then look at the word Casting…. A guy from my church had an awesome way of putting this. you think of it like fishing you are CASTING the line. You’re not handing it over, you’re not gently putting it out there, and you’re not undecided about it. You’re THROWING that thing out. I love that.
Then you look at the next part. “all your care” or “all your worries and cares”. Now we know what we are giving up or throwing out. We are not going to hold on to these…we are getting rid of them! Not just once.. i get the distinct feeling the author knows we are going to have to keep doing this over and over until we finally get it right. (just like in casting a fish line)
Next is “to God” or “unto Him”… So we now know who we are to be giving these over to. God, because who better to give these problems over to then the very Heavenly Father that knows us in and out, knows our fears and struggles better then we do? I think it’s the best person to handle them indeed!
The last part they are both the same but for one word. “for he cares about you” or “for he careth for you”. It leaves no gaps…He CARES…and because He cares for us that much He wants us to put all of our worries, fears, pain, and so on on to Him and not dwell on them.
As it says in the devotional… what a sweet and wonderful promise that is! It may be a small verse but it means so much that really you can’t over look this verse. There are many small but mighty verses in the Bible…Though i may not have a long post that day I’m sure…that in the end there will be a great reward in their meaning never the less.