Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. ~ 1 Peter 5:7 (NLT)
Have you ever met someone who complains about everything? This isn’t right. Or, that person didn’t do this. Or that person didn’t do that. On and on and on the complaints go. It’s not enough that they think that way, they have to let everyone else know.
I’ve met a lot of those people over my life. In fact, I’d find ways to avoid them if I saw them coming. The bathroom was sometimes a safe space. But, complainers can even find you when you’re sitting in a bathroom stall trying to get some personal time. It’s gross, but true. Plus, you’re kind of captive at that point. You’re locked in a box with pants around your ankles. Making a speedy exit ain’t gonna happen. Now that you’re stuck, the gripe fest begins.
Sometimes I feel like I do a lot of this type of complaining toward God. (Maybe you can relate?) When I’m praying, I’m telling Him all of the stuff that is wrong in this world He created. (Of course, I sometimes forget that we humans are the ones who messed it up. But, I digress.) I’m telling Him about people who need “God’s guidance,” which is sometimes a nice way of saying “Can you please fix this person?” It’s often times during these prayers that God stops me and says “Reframe your prayer.” In other words, stop complaining about people and things. Tell me what’s really worrying you.
You see, our God isn’t there for us just to gripe at. He is a real, living God who deeply cares for each one of us. So, He doesn’t want the surface level complaining. He wants to get to the root of the complaining – our insecurities. Why? Because God doesn’t “fix” other people if they aren’t asking for it. Instead, He deals with each one of us who come simply to God and say “God, heal me of my worry.”
Our verse today gets at the heart of this, “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” It isn’t a license to dump everything on God, but an invitation to talk to Him about what’s hurting you. It’s an opportunity to connect with God on a personal level.
So, today, and every day, spend time talking with God about your worries and anxieties. Don’t complain about everything. Be real. Be honest. Be open. He cares for you and will see you through.