casting all your anxiety on Him

Recently I was watching a National Geographic special and in this moment as I write it takes on significant spiritual significance.  In this nature documentary a lion was stalking a herd of some kind of animal. When the lion attacked, he immediately set out to separate the weakest of the herd apart from the rest for the kill and his next meal.

I believe the same can be said about the attacks of the devil on the body of Christ … he sets out to separate the weakest believers from the body that he might devour them.

Check out these words from Peter …

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.  Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.  But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world.  1 Peter 5:6-9 (NASB)

For the past 4-5 months, I would have counted myself among the weakest of the herd.  Let me explain.

I was confessing to a dear brother this week that I was struggling with my faith and his simple question was, “Why are you struggling with your faith?”

My answer reveals how I had become weak apart from Christ …

  • Christ had ceased to be preeminent in my life
  • My obsession and focus was on my anxieties related to health complications
  • My Bible began gathering dust
  • My prayers were aimless arrows devoid of the power of faith
  • I lost connection with other believers IN Christ
  • I ceased listening to and joining in with praise and worship music
  • I was doing no spiritual or faith based reading
  • My blogging/journaling came to a virtual standstill

Despite Peter’s warnings, I was not standing firm in my faith.  I did not cast all my anxieties on God … quite the opposite in fact.  I was neither on the alert nor being of sober spirit.  Absent the power of Christ, I was and have been easy prey for the devil.

Yet despite all of that I was not devoured.  As Peter wrote, God cares for you and for me … even in our weakest moments!

Praise God for Christ Jesus … the Good Shepherd!!!

“I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.  He who is a hired hand, and not a shepherd, who is not the owner of the sheep, sees the wolf coming, and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them.  He flees because he is a hired hand and is not concerned about the sheep.  I am the good shepherd, and I know My own and My own know Me, even as the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.”  John 10:11-15 (NASB)

And praise God that Jesus will not lose one the Father has given Him.

“All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out.  For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.  This is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all that He has given Me I lose nothing, but raise it up on the last day.  For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day.”  John 6:37-40 (NASB)

Thank you Lord!

Bernie

About bwebbjr

A grandfather, father, husband, man, and a child of God who is following Christ Jesus and working out his salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work IN me, both to will and to work for His good pleasure (Philippians 2:12-13). I dodged my first bullet with cancer when a cancerous polyp was removed in a sigmoid colectomy surgery in August 2007. Four years later, in the midst of a second colectomy surgery we discovered I had Stage IV metastatic colon cancer. Rather than colectomy surgery I had colostomy surgery, which now means the colostomy bag is a part of my everyday life ... with the emphasis on life. God has given us a peace beyond understanding as my wife and I have traveled this journey. By the grace of God I am blessed to be a 6 plus year cancer survivor aka warrior. In writing, I am often wrestling with my own personal struggles and beliefs and in the midst God leads me to a lesson He wants me to learn ... or sometimes He simply touches me in the revelation of Himself. My hope is that the result you see here might touch your heart and glorify God. And let me be clear ... I am not the only one with something to say. Please join in the conversation sharing your faith, your cancer experiences, etc. I would love to hear from you. Bernie
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8 Responses to casting all your anxiety on Him

  1. Bernie, God will never leave or forsake His children. As you have discovered, through even the toughest times, God is ALLWAYS there no matter how much we are pulled away or allow ourselves to be distracted by Satan. Count it joy when you fall into temptation … hard to do, impossible on our own. Yet God has seen you through the valley and is taking you back to the mountain AGAIN. Love you, my brother. Keep serving and growing. Jim D.

    • bwebbjr says:

      Thanks for the reminders of God’s promises in your comment Jim. It has been a difficult few months … of my own making. But I do indeed sense God restoring my faith. My hope is that serving and growth will replace what I have recently been through. Thanks for your love and encouraging words Jim. Bernie

  2. isaiah43123 says:

    I too have become easy prey and my list explaining my faith struggle mirrors yours. Thank you for a deeply personal issue and reminding me of His promises to this sheep.
    Keep the faith!

  3. judikruis says:

    God’s timing for reading is so good. Thought of you much today Bernie as we went with mom to get dotted for her ileostomy. Your answers have been my answers too many times. Lets fix our eyes upon Jesus…. May you be blessed with His presence as you seek answers and feel his perfect love that casts out all fear and doubt.

    • bwebbjr says:

      God’s timing for revealing Himself is indeed perfect, isn’t it Judi? Hope and pray that all goes well with your mom;s ileostomy and that she can easily adjust to it. It was much easier than I ever expected to adjust to the colostomy … not to say I don’t get frustrated with it from time to time. God bless you and yours dear sister as you travel this journey with your Mom!

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