Nov 4th, 2021
War: The Battle for Rest
By: Greg Chandler
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1 Peter 5:7 Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. (NLT)

The acronym CALM gives us a way to respond to anxious moments. Max Lucado in Anxious For Nothing says the C stands for Celebrate God’s goodness. A stands for Ask God for help. The L stands for Leave your concerns with Him. The Father’s invitation is that we ask for help, but asking is of no value if we don’t let go of what we’re carrying. What will happen if we do let go? Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. (Philippians 4:7 NLT)

Peter’s words in today’s focus verse (1 Peter 5:7) were shaped by his experience of personally witnessing Jesus provide—most often miraculously—for those in need, including the healing of Peter’s mother-in-law. If anyone understood what it meant to finally give over to Jesus what could ultimately consume him, it was Peter. Imagine if Peter had chosen to hold on to the destructive feelings associated with his betrayal of Jesus. He probably would have simply disappeared from the pages of scripture. Instead, he accepted Jesus’ offer to take the pain, replacing it with forgiveness. And now Peter stands as one of the greatest redemptive stories of all time.

If we choose not to give our anxiousness and worry to God, know this: We’ll just re-gift it to others. It’s amazing how efficiently worry recycles itself! And the invitation God offers us through Peter’s words is clear: We are to give ALL our worries to Him. This isn’t about giving Him the big stuff while we try to manage the smaller stuff on our own. He wants it all. In the same way that our stored up anxiety can be transmitted to others, so can God’s healing grace. In other words, when we allow God to fully take the fear, He trades it with peace—peace that we can offer to others.

Have you held on to anxiety thinking you can manage it on your own, or that God wouldn’t want to be bothered? Do you believe that He really wants to take it? Trust Him.

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