Anxieties

Here are some more quotes from my new Word of the Year — “cast.”

Day and night they never cease to say, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, the Almighty, who was and who is and who is coming.  And whenever the living creatures give glory and honour and thanksgiving to the one who sits upon the throne, who lives for timeless ages, the twenty-four elders prostrate themselves before him who is seated upon the throne and worship the one who lives for timeless ages.  They cast their crowns before the throne and say, “Thou art worthy, O Lord our God, to receive glory and honour and power, for thou didst create all things; by thy will they existed and were created.”  –Rev. 4:8b-11 (PHI)

Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares of you.  –1 Peter 5:6-7

We must learn to cast our anxieties on Him.  Dr. John Brown says of this verse, “The figurative expression ‘cast,’ not lay, seems to intimate that the duty enjoined is one that requires an effort…We must–by an act of the will, in dependence on the Holy Spirit–say something such as, ‘Lord, I choose to cast off this anxiety onto You, but I cannot do this of myself.  I will trust You by Your Spirit to enable me to, having cast my anxiety on You, not to take it back upon myself.”  Trust is not a passive state of mind.  It is a vigorous act of the soul by which we choose to lay hold on the promises of God and cling to them despite the adversity that at times seeks to overwhelm us.          –Jerry Bridges, Trusting God, as quoted in How Great is Our God, 9/2

 

 

 

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