In I Peter 5:7, we are told we should cast our care upon God because He cares for us. Whenever, we are burdened, we have two choices: carry the burden ourselves or cast our care onto the Lord. There is no middle ground. Have you ever cast your care on God, and then took it back? I know I have. I have a difficult time trusting God with my worries and concerns sometimes. When I carry the burden instead of casting it onto the Lord, stress and anxiety is the result.
Why We Fail to Cast Our Care
We need to examine why we fail to cast our care so we can do ourselves a favor, address those issues, and be free of worry and anxiety. There are several reasons why we choose to carry our own load and leave God out of the equation:
1. Pride – I Peter 5:5-6, which precedes verse 7 about casting our care, relays that we must be “clothed in humility.” When you think about it, if you are not willing to humble yourself before God, you will never be able to cast our care on Him. Pride will always say, “I can handle the situation myself,” “I don’t need God,” and “I’ve got this.” However, Proverbs 16:18 says, “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.”
2. Failure to Realize How Much God Cares – I Peter 5:7 says, “[Cast] all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” In other words, until you know how much God cares for you, you will never be able to cast your care upon Him. If you don’t know how much He loves you, you will not be able to fully trust Him.
3. Lack of Understanding About the Faithfulness of God – Casting your care is a by-product of growing in the realization of how much your heavenly Father loves you and cares for you and how truly faithful He is. In Jeremiah 3:23, the prophet writes this about God: “Great is thy faithfulness.” So, the more we know He loves us and how impeccable His character truly is, the more we will be able to trust that He will certainly take care of business. His perfect love, characterized by His unfailing faithfulness, will indeed cast out fear (I John 4:18).
Life or Death: You Choose
So the next time you feel the temptation to worry and hold on to your cares, ask yourself, “Do you realize how much God loves you?” and “Do you think you know more than God?” The answers to these two questions will determine how you will choose to proceed. Will you continue to worry and fret, try to devise a plan yourself, and get into works of the flesh? Or will you cast your care on God, ask Him to help you, do only what He instructs you to do, and expect Him to work it out just as it should be? In Deuteronomy 30:19 God says, “I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.” Therefore, you can cast your cares on God and choose life, or carry them yourself and choose death. Remember, the choice is yours.
What care do you need to cast on God today? If you are having trouble, what is keeping you from casting your care? Please feel free to share your thoughts and leave a comment below.
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