by Pastor Mark Jordan
“So be content with who you are, and don’t put on airs. God’s strong hand is on you; he’ll promote you at the right time. Live carefree before God; he is most careful with you.” (1 Peter 5:6-7, MSG)
I needed this verse today. I am prone to anxiety…I always have been. As a child, I dreamed of being a warrior, but was more accurately a worrier. Thanks to God’s help, I’ve been able to reverse some of that in adulthood, but there are times I still struggle with anxiety. Can you relate?
In some of the more traditional translations, you would read today’s passage as, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (NIV). Casting anxiety on God is great, but there are times I don’t want to let it go for fear my worries won’t actually be relieved. Instead of letting God the warrior fight my anxious battles, I end up fighting against myself and God’s intended design. I work to remember daily that in order to live carefree before God, I know He is full of care for me. I want that epiphany to be real for you today, even and especially if you find yourself fighting an internal battle of worry versus faith.
Another of my favorite verses comes from Zephaniah 3:17 where the Prophet wrote, “Your God is present among you, a strong Warrior there to save you. Happy to have you back, he’ll calm you with his love and delight you with his songs (MSG).” You read that right…our warrior God wants you with Him, singing eternal lullabies over you to soothe your stressed-out soul. Will you let Him? Surrender your struggle against your nature, and rest in the nature of our warrior God.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for fighting the battles I am unable to fight, especially when those battles are within my very soul. Help me to hear those eternal lullabies, so I may be a warrior and not a worrier. I ask this in the strong name of Jesus. Amen.