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. 1 Peter 5:6-7 (NIV)
That is exactly what I believe that you will do. What will I do? You will help me. Why will I help you? You are my Heavenly Father. I am your child. You care for me. What do you mean by that? You love me. You went to great lengths to make it possible for me to live in an intimate relationship with you. How so? You broke down the barrier that separated us from each other. You sent your one and only Son into the world to die for my sins. You made it possible for my unrighteousness to be cleansed. You made it so I could be righteous in your eyes. You made it so I could live in an intimate relationship with you. Yes, I did all these things for you. Yes, I do love and care for you. Yes, I made it possible so that you can live in an intimate relationship with me. Yes, you have been forgiven of your sins and cleansed of your unrighteousness. My Son has made you pure and holy in my sight. For all of these things I am thankful beyond what my words could convey. That is very good.
So, you know that I love and care for you. You believe that I can and will help you? Yes, I do. What are you going to do with that information? I’m not sure what you mean by that question. I will clarify what I mean by asking you a couple more questions. Have you asked for my help? Have you cast all your anxieties on to me? Not exactly, not really. What have you done? I have held on to my anxieties. I have carried the weight of my worries. Why have you done that? I’m not positive. Take a guess. I would say that my pride has told me that I don’t need to ask for help. My pride has convinced me that I should be able to fend for myself by holding on to anxieties and carrying my worries as I solve my problems by myself. How has that worked out for you? Not well, at all. How so? My life is filled with anxiety and unsolved problems. That’s not good. No, it’s not.
What will you need to do if you want my help? I will need to do two things. I will need to set aside my pride and I will need to ask you for your help. So, not only do you need to believe that I will help you; you will need to ask me to help you, is that correct? You are asking me if something is correct? Yes, I am. Yes, that is certainly correct. I do believe that you will help me. I will ask you to help me. That will be very good.
Heavenly Father, I have proudly held on to my anxieties. I have foolishly carried the weight of my anxieties. Carrying my anxieties has worn me out. Now, I see the error of my ways. I will turn my anxieties over to you. You will help me because you care for me. Amen
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