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
God didn’t miss anything in this verse. He literally covered it all!! I used to think, when I read this verse in the past as a young Christian, that God wanted me to know how much He loved me and felt compassion for me but there wasn’t anything He could necessarily do about what was causing me so much worry! Thank God, as I began to grow in God and the knowledge of the Bible, I saw how wrong I was!
Let us break this verse down. 1. Casting the whole of your care…Cast is a verb! It is something you do and it literally means “to throw something forcefully”. When I think of casting I think of fishing. When you cast your line out you literally fling it in a particular direction with great force. What God is telling us here is FLING YOUR CARE AT HIM WITH GREAT FORCE! 2. “Once and for all” When you fling it as far away from yourself as you can get it, it makes it hard to go back to where you cast it so that you can take care of it yourself again. This is where the phrase in this verse “once and for all” comes in. God wants you to hand it all over to Him. Let Him take control of those worries! Yes, we do our part in praying, standing on the word, believing the word, but we rest in our confidence that once we have committed it to Him, and He will take care of it. We don’t wade back out and take it all back on ourselves and “own” it again so to speak!
Worry and anxiety is the opposite of faith. I remember one day while I was teaching public school, it was lunch time and I was spending this lunch praying. God spoke to me and said worry was putting faith in what satan could do, instead of putting my faith in what God will do. I was dumbfounded! I had ALWAYS been a worrier. I thought it made me productive, but to be honest, it only left me tormented with fear. I had no idea I was literally agreeing with the enemy’s plan for my life (unknowingly, of course!) by letting worry and fear of the “what ifs” dominate my thought life!
I was always planning how to avoid what I was worrying about. I would fret, then make a plan. Funny thing was, it never turned out the way I thought it would. Most of my worries never happened, and those that did happen, happened in a way “my plan” did not cover! Praise God for mercy. When things did pop up that either I had not planned on, or I HAD a plan for but it didn’t work according to my method, the Holy Spirit showed me what to do and God ALWAYS worked EVERYTHING out! I would look back when all was said and done and would realize I had wasted so much time fretting and planning, when I could have just trusted God and enjoyed my life. Don’t go looking for trouble, my friend! Trouble will show up all by itself! But fear not for God has told us what to do with it. It says in Matthew 6:31-32 says “31 Therefore do not worry and be anxious, saying, What are we going to have to eat? or, What are we going to have to drink? or, What are we going to have to wear?
32 For the Gentiles (heathen) wish for and crave and diligently seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows well that you need them all.
34 So do not worry or be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have worries and anxieties of its own. Sufficient for each day is its own trouble.”
What do you do with it? You trust God with it and continue to seek and focus on Him! God loves you and it is HIM that makes the crooked path straight, not you! It is HIM that CAUSES you to triumph in all that you do, not yourself! It is HIM that perfects EVERYTHING concerning you, not you. Notice, it is HIM every time and NOT YOU! God’s word is POWERFUL, but the word says HE makes it to work and accomplishes all HE set forth for it to do! YOU don’t make it work! You MUST know it, speak it, and believe it, but God ultimately brings it all to pass! It is our responsibility to give Him His word to work with and then rest in faith! There is that word again…REST!
No matter how impossible your circumstance may look, my dear reader, remember NOTHING is impossible for God! Mark 11:23-25. Cast your care and don’t go fishing for it again! God will do all He has promised. Just begin to praise Him and thank Him for your answers and listen for His direction! If you do this, you cannot go wrong!
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