The Art of Casting Your Cares
by Cyndi Brandon 3/24/2007 / Bible Studies
1 Peter 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
Growing up, I felt as if I were a throw away child. Being raised by my paternal grandparents and thinking that my real parents did not want me made it very difficult to understand a heavenly Father who actually cares.
It has taken me years to grasp the love of God and the fact that He cares deeply for me. He deeply cares for you also. Our concept of God follows along the same lines as our relationship with our earthly parents, especially our fathers. However, no matter what our fathers did or did not do, if they were good dads or bad dads, God is still God. He is a God of love and compassion to His children.
Anything that we can conceive to worry about, we can cast on Him. When I was just a baby Christian, I was told that when I prayed about my concerns and fears to envision myself putting them into a bag. As I prayed about them, I was to imagine taking them out of the bag one by one and laying them at the feet of Jesus. That, my friend, is a wonderful way of getting rid of your burdens and cares. The only thing is, my personality does not allow me to be so well ordered and organized. My cares and worries were more like trying to force an octopus into a goldfish net.
The tentacles of my past kept smacking me in the back of the head. Those suction cups of doubt and failures and fears tried to drag me back into a miserable childhood. One long tentacle of the future stretched farther than I could see, trying to pull me into the vast unknown. And all of those cares of today squirming and wrapping around me seemed bent on squeezing the life right out of me.
Despite all of this, I learned that God cares for every part of my life. I didn't have to bag my cares, I just had to get them there. Since my cares latched onto me so tightly, it really was not so difficult to get them to the throne room. Then, all I had to do was fall on my knees.
He cares for the past.
He cares enough to forgive us our sins. Romans 5:8-11 He made away for our sins to be forgiven and an escape from His wrath before we even loved Him. Verse 8 says that Christ died for us 'while we were yet sinners'. He loved us first, and He loves us unconditionally.
He cares enough about us that He fashioned each and every person who ever existed. Psalms 139:13-18 He planned each one us of before we were born. The color of our hair, eyes, and skin, was drawn up in a blueprint. Our personalities were formatted into our brains from the foundation of the world. He made us the individuals that we are.
He cares about our 'today' cares.
He gave us the Holy Spirit to comfort and guide us. John 14:16,26 This is something that the world does not have. The Holy Spirit lives in us. Everyday He guides us and teaches us and brings peace and comfort, if we trust and allow Him.
According to 2 Corinthians 9:8-15 God makes a way for our temporal needs as well as our spiritual needs. He provides every thing we need in this life. If we are good stewards, He will even provide extra for us to bless others.
He is taking care of our 'tomorrow' worries.
Yes, He even cares about our future. As a matter of fact, He is all about our future! Jeremiah 29:11 The Great Creator God, Himself, wants to be with us forever. He created us, not just to worship Him, but live and reign with Him. So, He gave His Son to die so that we could have eternal life with Him. John 3:16 That, dear friends, is love.
Jesus told us in Matthew 6:24-34 not to worry about anything. Worry will accomplish nothing. The Apostle Paul stated it well in Philippians 4:6-7 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
If it concerns you, it concerns Him. Since we know that He works everything out for our benefit, let Him know it concerns you. He will take care of it. When we trust Him with our cares, we free ourselves to serve Him in perfect peace. Thereby making our witness to the world unshakeable.
Cyndi Brandon shares her home in West Tennessee with her husband, Gerald and their cat, Ruby. A born again believer for almost 30 years, teaching and writing Bible Studies is her calling, her heart and her greatest pleasure.