I love this verse. Sometimes we think that God is too big and important to care about our problems, but nothing could be further than the truth. Here is 1 Peter 5:7 in several different versions:
Turn all your anxiety over to God because he cares for you (God's Word)
Give all your worries to him, because he cares for you (Easy to Read Version)
Leave all your worries with him, because he cares for you (Good News Translation)
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you (New International Version)
The language is very active - turn, give, leave and cast imply active. Giving your anxiety, worries and cares to God is not a passive thing. It's not just telling God about your worries - it's giving them to him and not taking them back. There is nothing too big or too small to give God. What are you worried about? Your studies? Your family? A friend? A test? Feeling alone? Being bullied? A bad diagnosis? Financial worries? Give them to God because HE CARES ABOUT YOU!
I am having a medical procedure today which makes me really anxious. I woke up during the night last week worrying about it so I prayed and gave it to God. He gave me his peace that passes all understanding. I'm still not looking forward to it, but I can sleep at night and I'm not stressed out.
The start of the school year can be a very anxious time. Add to that the uncertainty of living through a pandemic with ever-changing restrictions and rules and it's no wonder we're all stressed out! God said to tell him all your worries because he cares about you.
1 Peter 5:7
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
Give your worries to the Lord. He will take care of you. He will never let good people down.
Even though God made the universe and everything in it, he cares about you - your friends, your grades, your family, your relationships, your physical and mental health and much more. God is with you in the happy, good, laughing till you snort times and good hair days. He is also with you during the anxious, lonely, crying till you have snot running down your face days.
For our high priest is able to understand our weaknesses. He was tempted in every way that we are, but he did not sin. Let us, then, feel free to come before God’s throne. Here there is grace. And we can receive mercy and grace to help us when we need it.
Jesus wept when his friend Lazarus died. He was in anguish when he was praying before he was crucified. He was disgusted when the people turned the temple courts into a market place (so much that he tipped over the tables). He experienced shame when he was hung on the cross. He was angry with the hypocritical religious leaders and called them a bunch of snakes. He was frustrated with the lack of faith of the believers.
Jesus can empathise with what you’re going through. He can relate to your worries. He was a human and a teenager. He experienced loneliness, temptation, persecution, happiness, love and everything in between.
Many people are struggling with mental health issues during the Covid 19 pandemic. It's not normal or healthy to be cooped up in your house 24/7. Humans need fellowship and physical affection. Some of us a having a better time than others because being introverted is our natural bent. Some of us are going nuts because we need to be around people that we aren't related to. Some of us are really struggling because we already have an existing mental health disorder that is being exacerbated but the pandemic and isolation. Some of us are stuck inside homes with a lot of tension or even abuse. Whatever your situation, there are some basic things that you can do to cope better. Here is a PDF that I put together with some friends for our Young Adults at church. IF YOU NEED HELP, PLEASE ASK FOR IT. DON'T SUFFER IN SILENCE - GET HELP.
You can download the PDF below.
Short and sweet inspirations for Christian teen girls.