Casting Your Cares
Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for
you. (1 Peter 5:7)
As you’ve no doubt discovered, becoming a Christian
does not make your problems go away. But it does give you an Advocate to whom
you can take every concern. The Christians Peter addressed were facing
persecution. They did not know whom they could trust; a friend, a neighbor, or
even a family member could betray them, resulting in suffering and even death.
But Peter had walked with the risen Christ, and he had personally experienced
the love that Jesus had for His followers. He knew that Christ was in control,
capable of handling every trial and that He wanted to do so as an expression of
Casting our cares is a choice. It means consciously
handing over our anxiety to Christ and allowing Him to carry the weight of our
problems. At times this is the most difficult part of trusting God! We don’t
like turning over the responsibility for our problems. We have been taught that
self-reliance is good and praiseworthy. We may even enjoy worrying. Yet if we
are to be freed from the burden of our concerns, we must choose to cast them
into the strong hands of our Father.
Peter does not distinguish between little cares and
big cares. God does not differentiate between problems we should handle on our
own and God-sized needs. He asks us to turn them all over to Him. One of our
greatest errors is to assume we can deal with something ourselves, only to
discover that we really can’t.
God sees you as His frail child, burdened with a
load that surpasses your strength. He stands prepared to take your load and to
carry it for you. Will you let Him?