Because He cares for you. That’s how Peter motivates us in 1 Peter 5:7 to cast our cares on God.
As believers we affirm God’s glorious attributes – His holiness, His justice, and His sovereign power, to name a few. Meditating on these truths ought to give us great confidence as we face trials and uncertainties. No wonder Peter tells us to humble ourselves under “the mighty hand of God” (1 Pet 5:6). Our Deliverer is strong. But even with this knowledge, the thought may still creep in, “Does He care about me?”
A doctor’s visit looms. The power bill was much higher than we expected. Our job security feels tenuous, or maybe we just feel an irrepressible sense of gloom about life in general. During such times, we wonder if we are somehow an exception clause in God’s promises. It’s one thing to affirm God’s faithfulness to His people generally, but it’s quite another to trust that that same steadfast love extends to our own personal circumstances. When that feeling hits, may I recommend 1 Peter 5:7 as a sword to cut through the thicket of worry and unbelief?
We may have learned about God’s tender care for His children when we were children, but we need to learn it again. Each morning. We can be confident as we lay our anxieties before our Heavenly Father that He is not indifferent to us. Our tendency is not to believe this, which may explain why Jesus had to remind His soon-to-be-persecuted disciples that the hairs of their head were all numbered (Matt 10:30). They needed to know that their Father’s care was personal. And so do we.
Believer, cast your cares on God, because He actually cares for you. May He give us faith to believe such a glorious promise.