Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Casting Your Cares...


Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. -1 Peter 5:7

Cast them! Let 'em go! Personal cares, family cares, financial cares, health cares...cast them! Cares of the past, cares of the present, cares of the future...cast them all! Cares for yourself, cares for others...go on and cast them, too! All your burdens, all your worries, all your fears...cast them! All your troubles, all your concerns, all your stress...cast them! All your tears, all your headaches, all your sufferings...cast them!!

CAST (v.) 1. to get rid of as useless or unwanted; 2. to deliberately throw something in a specified direction

Go ahead! Give it a whirl! Let it go!!

Our worries are not light...not at all. They are heavy and cumbersome. They can be sinful if they are rooted from a lack of faith or a lack of trust we have in the Lord. They cause stress and sickness. They are to blame for shattered nerves, loss of sleep, over-obsessively chewed fingernails, bad posture, furrowed brows, and grey hair. No, our burdens aren't light at all. They weigh us down with "what-ifs?" and "whys?" They discourage, depress, distract and destroy our delight in serving God. They are deadly causing high blood pressure and heart attacks even more potentially lethal health problems.

But there is a cure!

Peter said, "Cast them!" Amen. Let 'em go. Get rid of 'em. Take them, ball them up and cast! Every single one of them, too! Cast ALL your cares. It's only 3 letters long making it a fairly small word, but it covers a whole lot of ground and carries a whole lot of weight. ALL. Yes, cast every last one of 'em.. 

But, where? Where do we cast all our burdens, worries and woes?!

The Bible says cast all our cares upon Him. Amen! His back is wide and His shoulders are strong. He is able to carry all of our worries so we don't have to struggle with them. He is able!

When I was a young pup in the Boy Scouts of America, I remember my first time camping. I had received an aluminum frame backpack for Christmas and at first spring, I had to put it to use. I had that thing over stuffed and so poorly packed it was a noisy 70 lbs. Little did I know that we would have a 2 mile hike to the camping area. After half a mile, I began to seriously struggle. I was so burdened down with all these items in my pack. My shoulders ached...my back started to break. An older fellow that was an overseer, saw the problems I was experiencing and came to my rescue. Not only did he haul his pack, he also carried mine another mile and a half to the camp! Praise God! He took all my burdens upon himself so that I could make it!

Cast all your cares upon Him!

Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. -Psalm 55:22

Tell me...why?

Because He cares for you. Because He loves you. The God of Glory, the God of Creation, the Alpha and Omega, the way, the truth, and the life, Wonderful, Counsellor, Prince of Peace, mighty God loves you. He's in love with you. He is able and He desires to take your pain and fear away. Cast all your cares upon Him. Cast them...and let 'em go.

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