“Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” – 1st Peter 5:7
I’m a visual person, so when I read and hear an analogy I immediately begin to draw a picture in my mind of what that looks like. So when I read a portion of scripture that says “Cast all your care upon Him,” I see myself walking around carrying a heavy load. If you’ve ever seen someone with their hands full, you probably wouldn’t think to ask them for something, not even for the time of day.
This verse precedes the one about our enemy, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” Again, the visual gives me a picture of not being preoccupied with things that I don’t have control over. Cares and worries are usually things that pertain to circumstances beyond my control. One of the benefits to being a child of God is He invites us to give Him our burdens. When I allow myself to be preoccupied, I put myself in a vulnerable position and can easily suffer a defeat.
The key here is to have an understanding of the difference between a care and a responsibility. He is not saying to cast my responsibility on Him but to cast my cares. I believe the purpose of casting my cares is to allow me to focus and attend to my responsibilities.
Allowing God to handle the things that worry me is a way to be alert and responsive. Too many times I’ve neglected my responsibilities because of not being fully committed to the task at hand. I can become irresponsible when my full attention is not where it should be.
I’m not trying to minimize the things that concern us, the picture here is unloading the things you’re holding onto in order to be productive. This can be accomplished by a time of crying out to God in earnest prayer, writing out these prayers and having your tears soak the page. But then being able to leave them at the alter, only to return to them at a devoted time. For me, it’s in the morning, I spend my time with the Lord and He has his hands open wide to hold my cares until I come back to revisit the concern.
So P.U.S.H., (pray until something happens) but then rise to your feet, leave your cares where they belong and be about your Father’s business. Amen!
Written by Rob Russomano: Rob Russomano is married to Terri, he is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and a full time staff member. He is also available as a speaker of the grace of God with a message of Hope for church events. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Daily Quote: “Fall on your knees and grow there. There is no burden of the spirit but is lighter by kneeling under it. Prayer means not always talking to Him, but waiting before Him till the dust settles and the stream runs clear.” – F.B. Meyer
This Week’s Verse to Memorize:
“that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious that gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ” 1 Peter 1:7