Welcome to our online Bible study on 1 Peter!
— Read: 1 Peter 5 —
One of the first Bible verses I committed to memory was 1 Peter 5:7:
“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (NIV).
I liked this verse because it says Jesus wants to carry my burdens. I can go to him with everything.
When I wrote this verse in my journal, I stopped after the first word: cast. I don’t know why I never saw it before, but when Peter penned the inspired words we find in 1 Peter 5:7, he used imagery familiar to his trade. Peter was a fisherman and a fisherman casts a net.
Whenever I picture a net in my mind, I think of the kind my brother and I used when we went fishing together as kids (he was 15 and I was 7). If we (I should say he) caught a fish, he took the net and scooped up the fish.
But that’s not the kind of net Peter used with his fishing partners James and John. Their nets were more than 15 feet in diameter, tied with thick ropes, and heavy enough to require two men, one on each side, to heave them into the water. Casting a fisherman’s net meant exerting a lot of physical strength.
Peter was a fisherman-turned-follower-of-Christ, but he also had a wife, extended family, and a home. Surely he experienced the same tug and pull of responsibilities we experience today. Our to-do lists can be exhausting. Situations beyond our control can feel overwhelming.
Worry, fear, and doubt are the natural companions of anxiety.
Yet we are called to cast our anxiety onto Jesus, for He cares for us and He’s strong enough to take on our heaviest burdens.
Peter knows it’s not easy to leave our concerns and worries at the feet of Jesus. He knows it might take all the strength we have, or whatever strength we have left, to lay our burdens at the cross.
Whenever I’m tempted to cling to a burden, I think of the word cast and remember the picture Peter paints in Scripture. I’m not sure I would have made the connection if I hadn’t written the verse on paper, word for word, noticing each word and the meaning each one carries.
The importance of reading the Word, writing it, and praying it can’t be emphasized enough. In biblical times those who knew the Scriptures best were the scribes.
The ones who wrote the Word most, knew the Word best.
The same can be said of us today. When we write Scripture by hand, we learn it and retain it in ways that can’t be rivaled by other methods.
*Excerpt from the book Deeper Waters, to be released September 1, 2017.
— Diving Deeper —
Have you practiced writing the Word during your quiet time?
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