Summary: We are called to trust Christ without hesitation and without reservation!
January 12, 2003
A television program preceding the 1988 Winter Olympics featured blind skiers being trained for slalom skiing, impossible as that sounds. Paired with sighted skiers, the blind skiers were taught on the flats how to make right and left turns. When that was mastered, they were taken to the slalom slope, where their sighted partners skied beside them shouting, "Left!" and "Right!" As they obeyed the commands, they were able to negotiate the course and cross the finish line, depending solely on the sighted skiers’ word. It was either complete trust or catastrophe.
What a vivid picture of the Christian life! In this world, we are in reality blind about what course to take. We must rely solely on the Word of the only One who is truly sighted--God Himself. His Word gives us the direction we need to finish the course. Robert W. Sutton.
Blessed is the man who makes the LORD his trust Psalm 40:4
It has been said that: Faith is not belief without proof but trust without reservation.
Key Question: Do you really trust God without reservation?
I. You can trust God because He cares for you (1 Peter 5:7)
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
A. Anxiety is a fact of life
1. The meaning of anxiety
a.) Greek understanding: To have a divided mind or to have anxious interest
1.) The concept of a divided mind is to lose focus or to attempt to focus on too many things
2.) Peter is telling these believers to keep their focus on Christ
Painful or apprehensive uneasiness of mind usually over an anticipated or impending situation
A strong fearful concern
2. The impact of anxiety
a.) Statistics on anxiety
The average person’s anxiety is about…
40% on things that will never happen
30% on things that have happened in the past and cannot be changed
12% on criticism of others that are usually untrue
8% on real problems that will have to be faced
b.) Quotes on anxiety and worry
The beginning of anxiety is the end of faith and the beginning of true faith is the end of anxiety - George Mueller
Worry pulls tomorrow’s clouds over today’s sunshine – Charles R. Swindoll
Worry is wasting today’s time to clutter up tomorrow’s opportunities with yesterday’s troubles
Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow – Swedish Proverb
c.) The results of anxiety
Anxiety does nothing of benefit for our lives and in fact it is detrimental to our lives. Anxiety steals our joy. Anxiety steals our contentment. Anxiety steals our confidence. Anxiety steals our ability to trust God
Do you really trust God without reservation?
B. The cure for anxiety
1. Give all of your anxiety to God
a.) Peter says to cast all of our anxiety on God. Literally this means that we are to throw every care and every concern that we have to God
b.) God is always ready
Why should we throw our anxiety to God?
2. God cares about you
a.) God cared enough about you to send Jesus to earth, sacrifice Jesus on the cross for your sins and then raise Him to new life from the tomb to defeat death. If He cares this much, how can we think that out daily lives are without His care as well?