Don’t Tell God You’re Just Browsing

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I’ve been so blessed for the last five years to have a Bible study group that is filled with people who share their struggles, wisdom, and love. At our most recent meeting, a girl in my group mentioned that she had been struggling with anxiety and worries earlier in the day, so she filled up an imaginary bucket of her worries and handed it to God. She’d think some more, grab the bucket, and toss some more worries in. She had a rough day with worrying, but by the time we met, she had given those problems to God, and had not taken them back. This friend of mine has grown so much since I first met her, and to hear her talk in such a bold and honest way inspired me.

Giving our worries to God isn’t a new concept. It’s just that it’s one of those things that is easy to say but actually tough to accomplish. We tend to share with God our cares and worries, but for those of us who lean toward self-promotion, we tend to go right back to stewing over them or trying even harder to fix it all ourselves. All this does is say to God, “I want to complain about this to you, but I can fix this myself. I’ll just try harder. Thanks anyway.” On the other hand, those of us who lean more toward self-demotion may justify what we’re going through with, “Well, I deserve this,” or “I’m just going to put this issue on the back-burner for a bit and move on.”

What we don’t realize is that giving God our cares and concerns is a form of showing him devotion. One way to define devotion is, “loyalty and love or care for someone or something.” By giving God our cares, we are actually showing him love. We are displaying our trust in him, and we are giving him permission to come into the situation and do his will. When God tells us to cast our cares on him, he isn’t saying it like a store employee asking if you need help, when in reality they’re really hoping you’ll say no. We can typically tell when their offer to help is not sincere, so we tell them we’re just browsing, even though we know what we’re looking for and really don’t have a clue where it is. God tells us to let him help by giving him our cares—hoping that we really do! When we do this, we are loving him, trusting him, showing devotion to him, and not only giving permission, but seeking his will to be done in our lives.

1 Peter 5:7  
Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.


Questions:
What cares, concerns, and worries do you need to give to God?

Are you more of a self-promoter or self-demoter when it comes to giving God your cares? Once you’ve identified this, what can you do to change this?

Next Steps:
A good way to make a new habit of giving God your cares is to keep a prayer journal. Write down the cares and concerns you’ve given to God. Make a habit of reviewing the journal, going back to previous concerns and writing down how God has worked in each situation. Seeing results on paper can help you recognize what God can do if you invite him in.

As we continue through 1 Peter this week, we focus today on 1 Peter 2. We encourage you to read through this chapter in your Bible. Or, you can listen to it through the StreetLights Bible. You can download the app or visit streetlightsbible.com.

Prayer:
Dear God, help me to recognize the need to give my cares to you. I cannot fix things on my own, and I know that giving my problems to you is a way of inviting you to do your will in my life. I long to be closer to you, and I long for you to use me and shape my struggles for your glory. Amen.


This post was written by Ashlee Grosjean. Ashlee is a former nurse who is now embracing her role as a stay-at-home mom. She is married and has a daughter and a son. She loves writing for this team, and feels she grows a great deal through writing and listening for the Holy Spirit’s guidance. She hopes to help convey God’s message through this study.


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1 reply
  1. Dave Schoeff
    Dave Schoeff says:

    No thanks…I’m just browsing.
    I love this illustration. That’s definitely how I bring some of my cares to Jesus. This series has been a real eye-opener and Ben’s message this weekend was no exception. Thank you for peeling back another layer of the onion, Ashley.

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