Peter’s letter contains one of the most quoted and loved verses on anxiety “Cast all your anxieties (burdens) on him, for he cares for you.”
This is wonderful good news to the person who is anxious and worrying but the Word of God does not start with that thought. Instead we find strongly worded command to “humble yourselves, therefore, before the mighty hand of God.” This is key to helping combat worry and anxiety. It is the lesson learned by Job and it is here summed up: humble yourself before the mighty God.
This is the rock solid assurance for our souls, that there is a mighty Creator, a Lord of heaven and earth, bigger and stronger than all of the creation. He is exalted and glorious wonder, seated on a throne, surrounded by thousands of angels and creatures declaring and singing his praises.
When we begin here, at the throne of God, we will be humbled before him. When we recall the deeds and character of God we will bow in humiliation. And it is here that our sorrows, anxieties, and burdens are cast at his feet. The same mighty God who spoke the universe into being is the one who cares for us. Cares so much that he “has called us to eternal glory in Christ” and chosen us of all the created things to be his beloved.
This will begin to spread the light of the Gospel hope into your burdens and anxieties. This will be a lasting cure for the sinful tendency to worry and fret. The God of the universe, enthroned in light, has redeemed you. Rest in him and be well.
“Waiting Here for You” by Christy Nockels
“Lord I Need You” by Chris Tomlin
Here’s a convicting thought:
If God should have no more mercy on us than we have charity to one another, what would become of us? —Thomas Fuller
Mark 11:20-25 “As they passed by in the morning, they saw the fig tree withered away to its roots. And Peter remembered and said to him, ‘Rabbi, look! The fig tree that you cursed has withered.’ And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer,believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”
Ordinary Faithful Pastors: Here are a few thoughts from Ray Ortlund, Jr. on his late father, a faithful, ordinary pastor.
Growth in Christ: Spiritual growth is inevitable, sometimes slow and imperceptible, but it’s a certainty for anyone who is in Christ because the Master Builder completes everything that He begins.
Personal Purgatory: Praise God that He does not treat us this way, and that He removes the condemning guilt of our sin.
Ge0-Tracer: An entertaining Google Maps game.
Having a Servant’s Heart: A story from the life of D.L. Moody.
Here are a few articles that I found worth my time:
Are you more of a proud or broken person? This chart gives some insightful perspective on pride and humility.
Tips for Leading Small Teams: This article provides beneficial insight into managing teams well, whether in a professional or ministry context. It’s worth a quick scan.
Falling in Love Everyday: This was a sad article, but interesting in how an amnesiac retained his love for his wife.
Is the Internet the Source of Our Problems: Interesting article about a dude who disconnected for a year.
Are you busy? Do you have to be?: Some thoughts on being “busy” all the time.
Here are a few articles that I have found worth my time in recent weeks:
“The Great Man Hunt”: Guys, we need to ‘man-up’ and start becoming men of maturity and integrity who have holy ambition for the things of God–including being worthy and able to lead godly young women. Pursue Jesus. Pursue a woman. Pursue well.
“Marriage Expectations”: We all have unreasonable, inflated expectations. We’re tend toward the extremes of being either idealistic or pessimistic–but healthy, gospel-reflecting relationships involve having the right expectations.
Defining Biblical Love: What Did You Expect? (Part 1) & What Did You Expect (Part 2). Here are two excellent descriptions of real, biblical love as seen in the struggle of marriage, as two sinners fight the good fight and apply God’s grace to one another.
Making All Things New: Restoring Joy to the Sexually Broken: Here David Powlison addresses an increasingly pervasive and destructive topic. He identifies the heart “conditions” underlying sexual sin, and provides the light of gospel truth for finding victory.
His grace is greater than all of our sin–Praise God!
Remember, O Lord, Your compassion and Your lovingkindnesses, for they have been from old. Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions. According to Your lovingkindness remember me, for Your goodness’ sake, O Lord… For Your name’s sake, O Lord, pardon my iniquity for it is great. (Psalm 25:6, 11)
“This life, therefore, is not righteousness but growth in righteousness,
not health but healing, not being but becoming, not rest but exercise.
We are not yet what we shall be, but we are growing toward it.
The process is not yet finished, but it is going on. This is not the end but it is the road.
All does not yet gleam in glory but all is being purified.”