1 Peter 5:7

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)
 
 

In the first pastoral letter of Peter, Peter addresses several issues. The letter’s primary goal is to address group of Christians who once participated in the social and cultural life of the communities around them. After following Christ, they became scrutinized and oppressed. They became strangers in a land they once knew. Peter encourages them and directs them in the way they ought to live.

Near the end, Peter writes an address to the leaders of the church, and he offers them instructions and encouragement. We know 1 Peter 5:7 fairly well. “Cast all your anxiety on [God] because [God] cares for you.” It has become a catchy phrase. If someone is feeling overwhelmed, we often tell them to simply look to God. We tell them to give their anxiety over to God, the Creator, because of the care for His people. Other translations use words like worries and cares instead of anxiety.

The interesting thing is the first word of verse 7. We understand the word cast today as heavily associated to fishing, and when a fisher casts their fishing rod into the water, they have a specific location in mind that they wish to plop their bait. But this takes time and this takes practice. We can apply this same principle to verse 7. When we cast our anxiety or concerns to God, God is always there ready. This is because, as the verse says, God cares for you. This type of casting might take time to perfect. We tend to get caught in a tree or the high grass when we cast our anxiety. We learn and practice when we build our relationship with God. Over time as we participate in community, worship, and pray, casting our anxiety, cares, and worries becomes easier. We have more accuracy, but through it all, we know that God cares for us. This is a blessed assurance!


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