The car died and there is no money to fix it. My sister found a lump. My dad is in the early stage of Alzheimer’s and needs more care and attention from me. My 20 year-old daughter is fighting cancer and losing. My husband decided that my best friend is the love of his life. The job you had for 15 years is now no more. The bank is foreclosing on your house. My daughter is pregnant and only 16. Your son has been arrested.
The list can go on!
We will all reach a point in our lives when our cares seem too heavy for us to bear. What do we do?
“Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.” 1 Peter 5:7 AMP (See also Psalms 55:22)
Notice the word “care” is used two times in this passage. The first “care” comes from a Greek word that refers to the distractions and worries of life. Peter is telling us we must learn to cast our daily distractions, once and for all, on the Lord.
“Cast” means to fling something down with force. For those of us who like to fish, it is similar to casting your line. You give your rod a hard fling so that your line ends up as far away from you as possible. We need to do the same thing with our cares! We need to hurl them away from us and onto God.
Casting implies action on our part. It is not a passive response.
We do have the responsibility to carry some of the pressures of this life, that is, we must assume responsibility on our part with burdens like providing for our family and everyday things. Yes, God carries them with us, but He expects us to do something. Yet, there are times when we know we have done all God has asked of us and now we must wait and let Him carry the concern, not divide our minds with worry. We get into trouble when we choose to handle certain things on our own, instead of casting it ALL on God. The result is that many of us are carrying heavy burdens that are wearing us down.
“Worry is a small trickle of fear that meanders through the mind until it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained.” Anon
“Anxiety” or “worry” comes from a Greek word meaning “to divide.” Cares and anxieties that are not in balance will divide our minds so that we can’t focus on anything else. At the heart of anxiety is the prideful notion that “I can handle things (James 4:6-7).”
Very few of us actually cast ourselves totally onto God until some major crisis develops in our lives, and even then, our first response usually is to try to handle things ourselves!
“Treat cares as you treat sin. Hand them over to Jesus one by one as they occur.” F.B. Meyer (Tried By Fire, P.G. 173)
Stop and pray.
We must stop and roll our loads back onto God’s shoulder. How do we do that? Trade our anxious, fearful thoughts with thoughts of Him and the truth of His Word. When we take Him at His Word and trust Him from our heart, we will find we have peace and security in any situation. (Psalm 46)
Stop and start listening.
Stop running to find a resolution on your own. Instead, run to the feet of Jesus and sit before Him. (Psalm 85:8) Stay there until His peace has calmed you so He can help you make wise decisions. Let Him show you if there is any action you need to take. If you have done all you can, then you must let it go and depend on Him for the outcome.
Speak the Word.
As believers, we need to get to the place where the Holy Spirit can make the Word of God such a commanding force within us that it is able to displace any lies or cares we may have! Moreover, we must be careful not only to displace the lies, but to also replace them with truth (Heb 4:12). It is only by displacing and replacing that we can truly cast our cares onto God.
I must put the trial or care into proper perspective. This too shall pass away (2 Cor 4:17-18).
Trust implicitly! (I Peter 5:6-7, 9, 10-14)
Trust that God will make a way when there seems to be no way; that He will use this trial to transform you, and that He will work ALL things out for your good!
“…..for He cares for you…”
The second time “care” is used in the passage (1 Peter 5:7), it is derived from a Greek word that refers to the attentiveness, or concern one person has for another.
This “care” is talking about the attention that Almighty God displays concerning the well-being of His children. He never intends to harm us (Jer 29:11-13)!
As some of the translations say, “…He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.” “You are His personal concern.” “He is always thinking about you and watching everything that concerns you.”
You must believe from the very depth of your being that He cares about you, is with you and will take care of you….no matter what! These kinds of thoughts are the cure to worry, anxiety and fear. Our Heavenly Father is never overwhelmed, distracted, or taken by surprise by the problems and cares that come into our lives (Psalm 40:17 & Isaiah 49:15).
We live in uncertain times, but we never have to live in uncertainty.
Casting your cares on the Lord involves a trading of your present anxious thoughts with thoughts of Him, of His love, His care, His character, and His undisputable promises.
Take hold of Him. Focus on Him and His truth, not Satan’s lies. Carry only what God tells you to. That is all He asks. Then, make sure you are carrying it with God, not alone. The rest I am to fling into the hands that hung the stars in the sky, and hold back the ocean’s powerful tide….then leave them there!
“If you look at the world, you’ll be distressed. If you look within, you’ll be depressed. If you look at God, you’ll be at rest.” Corrie ten Boom