In reading a personal essay today something really jumped out at me, so much so that I want to share it here. There are a number of sayings that are falsely attributed to the Bible, and even more verses that are wrongly interpreted to mean something they don’t say at all. And this essay contains one that I hadn’t considered before (see? never too old to learn!) which I will excerpt here, but strongly encourage you to read the entire essay. I don’t want to lead anyone away from the author’s intent. This is a snippet from the first of his ongoing series of essays, Uncomfortable Problems The Church Needs To Talk About.
“But you’ve noticed, haven’t you, how often the troubled person, the person with a problem, wants to play the “drop it and run” game? If I can give you my problem then I will be free and it becomes your problem and no longer mine. We may even try that approach with God. “Take your problem to the Lord and leave it there.” Doesn’t the Bible say that ? The usual reference given is 1 Peter 5:7 “…casting all your care upon Him; for He cares for you.” But this is not a dump it and run from it and leave it with God recommendation. God does not do your part for you. He will be a helper for you (Psalm 33:20, 46:1), work together with you (2 Corinthians 6:1-2, Philippians 2:13, Hebrews 13:5-6), answer your requests and prayers (1 Peter 3:10-13).” ~ Gerald Cowan
I’d like to hear your thoughts once you have read the essay, if you care to share.