He Cares for You

By Zack Hudson 
I spent many years as a worship leader and one verse I would often come back to within our times of worship was from 1 Peter 5:7, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” I often called on our people to take a moment and cast their cares and anxieties upon the Lord. I would like to do that today, but with verse eight in mind. We need to feel free to cast our cares and anxieties on the Lord but be ready for our next assignment. We need to “be alert and of sober mind” (1 Peter 5:8). We need to feel the peace and assurance that only Christ can give as we take our burdens to Him, but as we do so, remember to be alert. Peter writes the reason for being alert: “your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8). It can be frustrating to think of an enemy so relentless, but friends do not forget that our God does not slumber or sleep (Psalm 121).

When we humble ourselves before the Lord (1 Peter 5:6) and cast our cares upon Him, we put ourselves under the Good Shepherd’s care (John 10). I believe this positioning is the only way we can follow the command to be alert and resist the enemy who comes against us.

I am thankful that our struggles are only for a moment. Peter encourages believers to remember that after our sufferings, Christ will “restore us and make us strong, firm, and steadfast” (1 Peter 5:10). Amid our trials, we can find hope in knowing there will come a time beyond the hardship. Paul would encourage us to fix our eyes on Jesus and consider what He endured so that we will not grow weary and lose heart (Hebrews 12). As you take your burdens to Jesus and continue to be alert, I pray that you will genuinely sense that He does care for you.