thankfully, the God of the bible commands us to let Him work for us before commanding us to work for Him...
"COME TO ME, ALL YOU WHO LABOR AND ARE HEAVY LADEN, AND I WILL GIVE YOU REST."
1 peter 5:7 tells us to "cast all your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you" ...and the word "cast" here is only used one other time in the bible -- in luke 19:35, when the disciples "cast their garments on the colt." so when you cast, you literally don't carry it any more. it's not on you. your load is lifted. you are free. and God is willing to carry your anxieties the same way a donkey carries your baggage.
ok, so that sounds great in theory, but do i really believe it? if casting is so easy why do i continue to carry it all myself?
because i don't trust the 2nd half of 1 peter 5:7 - "...because He cares for you."
i have to believe this promise. i have to trust Him. God cares about the things that have me worrying...and He wants to be trusted for them. when it says that He cares, it means he will not stand by and let things develop without His influence. He will act. He will work. not always the way we would. He's God. He sees a thousand connections we don't see.
so we believe & trust Him for specific things. and we pray.
john piper says it this way: "trusting that God cares about your anxiety is expressed in prayer. prayer is the trust turned toward God and spoken."
so today, i cast...
Come to God & rest.
Allow your heart to listen to His promises.
Specifically pray about the situation.
Trust that He is sovereign over all of it.
(i blogged about this same issue a year and a half ago - so obviously a lesson i'm continuing to learn...)