7 “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” —1 Peter 5:7
Letting go is not easy to do, especially when emotions are involved. As humans, we tend to carry around a substantial amount of heavy baggage, and eventually that wears us down physically, mentally, and spiritually. There is a way to let go: cast your worries on Jesus Christ.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and contrite heart. These O God, You will not despise. —Psalm 51:17
God wants the heart. He does not want our words, our acts, or even our sacrifices.
11 Why are you cast down, O my soul?And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; For I shall yet praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God. —Psalm 42:11
Life gets the best of us sometimes…in a way that we lose the peace, we lose the essence of joy that Christ instilled in us when He allowed us to be a new creation in Him. A number of things can trigger our self-pity and despair, be it getting stuck in a traffic jam, losing a job, or even worse, losing a loved one. But, by being in God, being in His truths and His comforts, we need to retain the fruits of the Spirit no matter what.
8 O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. 9 I will praise you, O LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonders. —Psalm 8 and 9
Walking through psalms, one experiences an amazing set of emotions from pleading to God to praising God. The praises are varied from sparing one from enemies to God and His perfect provision.
I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth. —Job 19:25
The story of Job is one that describes the deep suffering of an individual, one described to be righteous, at the hands of Satan. God allowed Satan to ‘test’ Job, in order for there to be proof that Job followed the Lord not for material benefits but simply out of dutifully love and obedience to a supreme being. Satan had questioned Job’s true faith, as if it were done to attain blessing. The testing was harsh: Job’s whole family was killed, his wealth and land were taken away, and he personally was in deep pain with sores all over his body.
Isaiah 40:10 10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. —Isaiah 40:10
Those that believe have a perfect assurance – that the Lord is with us. In Isaiah, we see this ever-so clearly. The Mighty God that we serve and worship does not want us to fall, though sometimes He must justly punish us, as He did with the Israelites – ultimately He desires to build us up, to strengthen us, to keep us going.