“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7).
While I attended seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, I worked part-time for a small wholesale company. I worked alongside a man named Sam who was much bigger and more muscular than me. I mention this because on several occasions Sam and I had to unload railroad boxcars filled with merchandise sold by the wholesale company. Some of the cases we had to unload were huge and extremely heavy. More than a few times I had to say to Sam, “That case is more than I can handle. I need to give it to you.” Sam always gladly used his strength to muscle the case from the boxcar and place it in our delivery truck.
You might be carrying a heavy burden that feels like it’s much more than you can bear. You’re tired and worn out from dealing with this problem. Maybe it seems like the circumstance you are facing will never get any easier. I want to show you how to find hope for your problems by giving them to our loving God.
An unknown author told this story. A lecturer, when explaining stress management to an audience, raised a glass of water and asked, ‘How heavy is this glass of water?’ Answers called out ranged from a few ounces to a pound. The lecturer replied, ‘The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long you try to hold it. If I hold it for a minute, that’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my right arm. If I hold it for a day, you’ll have to call an ambulance. In each case, it’s the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.
The same could be said about our problems. The longer we hold on to them the more unbearable they become.
Here’s the good news. You don’t have to carry your burdens by yourself. God invites you to let Him shoulder the weight of your problems and difficulties. Let’s look closer at the Bible verse mentioned at the beginning of this post.
Casting Our Cares Means We Allow God to Carry the Lord
The word cast is used in 2 places in the New Testament: here in 1 Peter 5:7 and also in Luke 19:35 where people threw (cast) their coats on a donkey for Jesus to ride upon. “Cast” literally means to propel something from one place to another. Here it means to transfer your concerns by casting them upon God.
Some people don’t do this. Instead they try to escape their cares by running from them. This tactic never works and makes you an irresponsible person. Others attempt to dump their burdens and cares on others. This way of escaping our responsibility just makes a bigger mess of things.
Here’s your hope. God, the creator of the universe, invites you to give your burdens to Him. You don’t have to hang on to your worries. You don’t have to shoulder the load by yourself. God feels your pain and misery.
Casting Our Cares Means We Trust God Knowing That He Cares for Us
The second half of our verse shows the reason we can give our burdens to God: He really does care about us. God cares about that thing that has you worrying. He cares about all your burdens. So cast your cares onto Him. Trust Him to handle things. He has promised never to leave you nor forsake you.
Of course you cast your cares onto God by praying about whatever it is that has you feeling anxious and weighed down. I suppose we just need to be quarterbacks making a pass down the field. We throw our burdens to God in prayer. As you give your cares to God, here is a similar Bible verse to encourage you.
“Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall” (Psalm 55:22).
Think of a concern you are shouldering today, some issue that is creating worry and anxiety for you. Give it to God.