Casting your care. Sounds like it would be easy to do doesn’t it? Worry, stress, life! It’s what we all deal with. So how do you cast your care? The Bible gives us lots of advice on how we can worry less and trust more. Today we are going to look at just a few ways God give us to lean on Him so we can have more peace and joy. Let’s get started.
Cast Your Cares
In 1 Peter 5:7 the Bible tells us;
“Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” (NLT)
In the Contemporary Englis Version it says it this way;
“God cares for you, so turn all your worries over to him.” (CEV)
Doesn’t that sound blissful? Just give your worries to God and he’ll take care of them! I don’t know about you but that sure lifts a wait off MY sholders! But just how do we “cast our care”? Have you ever gone fishing? When you cast the line you send that hook with the bait on the end waaayyy out into the water. Or if you’re like me, about 10 feet in front of you! LOL. But none the less, it goes away from you. And that’s the point. When you cast your care on God, you are tossing it to him and guess what….He never misses catching it! The problem is just like casting when you’re fishing, we tend to reel that trouble right back in. Cut the line!
When we cast our cares on God, He doesn’t want us to take them back! He wants us to trust Him to help us. Now, we will still have responsibilities and actions to take but we will know we aren’t alone in doing what needs to be done. When you cast your care you are saying to God “I know you know what’s best and you will show me what I need to do in this situation. I’m not going to worry about it and start getting into a bunch of works in the flesh. If you don’t tell me to do anything, I’m just going to wait.” Casting your care means you are trusting God to guide you and direct your every step. So what do you do in the meantime?
Trust, Lean, Acknowledge
Proverbs 3:5-8 has been my life verse for a long time. I learned it in the New King James version which says it like this;
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall [a]direct your paths.
I like to look at other translations sometimes to give me a different perspective. Here are a few of my favorites,
- With all your heart you must trust the Lord and not your own judgment. Always let him lead you, and he will clear the road for you to follow. Don’t ever think that you are wise enough, but respect the Lord and stay away from evil. This will make you healthy, and you will feel strong. (CEV)
- Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones. (NIV)
- Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the Lord and turn away from evil. Then you will have healing for your body and strength for your bones. (NLT)
Breaking It Down
For me, these other translations kind of “flesh it out”. Notice how each one explains it in a little bit of a different way. What these verses help us to understand is that we are supposed to not think we know it all and instead believe God knows best. We need to remember, God’s God, we’re not. We didn’t create this world and we certainly don’t know how to run it! But let’s keep looking at these verses. Notice how we are to acknowledge Him, submit to Him, let Him lead us, seek His will in ALL we do and THEN He will direct, lead, make, and show us the way to go.
Every one of God’s promises have a premise that goes with it. In other words, we have something we have to do in order for God to be able to keep His end of the bargain. Here we have to trust and submit and then He can guide us. How many of you have had to drag your screaming child out of the candy isle of a store? That’s the picture I want you to get. God doesn’t want us to fight Him. He knows what’s best for us, we just have to be willing to take His hand and let Him lead!
The Second Half
For a long time, I didn’t pay much attention to the last 2 verses but one day as I was struggling with some things, I went back to verses 5-6 which I do often and God led me further. Verse 7 hit me right up side the head! “Don’t be wise in your own eyes”….pride! What? Me? I’m not proud! Am I? That’s a HARD question to ask yourself but one that’s very necessary. Pride can sneak in and you won’t even know it. But here it clearly says that we shouldn’t think to highly of ourselves. Are you a know-it-all? OUCH! I’m a fixer. I like to make everything better. It’s not where I think I know everything ( or at least I hope people don’t think of me that way!) but for so many years, I was the one everyone came to when they had problems so it became a habit for me. Not a good one, but one none the less. So this verse really hit home with me and I had to take inventory. It was a painful process but God helped me (and is still helping me) to be more humble in my wanting to help others.
The second part of that verse is even more important than the first! We have to fear the Lord and turn or depart from evil. We must turn to God and away from sin. Did you get that? We can’t do one without the other! Again, we have to do our part in order for God to do His.
The Nugget of Truth
Then we have verse 8 which to me was like a diamond that I found! A nugget of truth so valuable that I have it highlighted, underlined and circled in my Bible! It’s another promise with a premise. IF we will not think to highly of ourselves, we will have health for our bodies and nourishment and strength for our bones! I LOVE THAT VERSE!
Physical Affects of Stress
Everyone knows what worry and stress do to the body physically. Medical science has proven in countless studies that most of the chronic disease we have today is a result of worry and stress! Here are some of the affects according to the Mayo Clinic;
|On your body||On your mood||On your behavior|
|Headache||Anxiety||Overeating or undereating|
|Muscle tension or pain||Restlessness||Angry outbursts|
|Chest pain||Lack of motivation or focus||Drug or alcohol misuse|
|Fatigue||Feeling overwhelmed||Tobacco use|
|Change in sex drive||Irritability or anger||Social withdrawal|
|Stomach upset||Sadness or depression||Exercising less often|
Recognise any of these? Stress is serious. But in the verses we’ve looked at God gives us the answer! We just have to put them in to practice.
Worry Less, Pray More
In Philippians 4:6-7 it gives us an antedote to worry. Let’s take a look;
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”
Worry less, pray more. Sounds so easy, doesn’t it but when we do that ONE thing, it’s a game changer! I’ve talked a lot today about promises with a premise and here’s another one. IF we will worry less and pray more, THEN we will receive God’s peace that passes all understanding! AND that peace will guard our hearts AND our minds! WOW! I don’t know about you but that’s exciting to me!
Bringing It All Together
Cast your care, trust God, worry less and pray more. These are the things that will help us to handle all the curve balls life throw at us. When we can create these habits in our daily lives then we can be assured to receive the peace that God promises to provide. I encourage you to memorize these verses and then put them in to practice. They have helped me deal with all the struggles I’ve had to go through that have included divorce, financial difficulties, being a single parent, and being diagnosed with breast cancer to just name a few and I can honestly tell you that even with all those times when I thought my world was going to fall apart, I still had a peace that truly passes all understanding. Do your part and I promise you, God will do His.
I love you guys..just know that. I pray for all who visit me here on Live God’s Way and I would love to hear from you. You can leave a comment below or email me directly. Share how God has helped you and I’m sure that would bless those who read it. Until the next time…