Cast Your Cares or Control Them?
I Peter 5:7 says, “…casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.” I have read that verse so many times that I have memorized it. We are supposed to give everything over to God, but that is so much easier said than done (especially for a control freak like me). I knew I had to give my worries over to God, but I didn’t know how to do that. After hearing the song “Cast My Cares” by Finding Favour on the radio so many times, I would cry when I heard it because I knew God was talking to me and I knew I was not obeying Him.
When my husband had his heart attack, I was so distraught. I was trying to do everything and control everything. I was having a very difficult time dealing with all that was going on in our lives. It was at that time that I ran into a strong Christian friend. (Funny how God does that.) We started talking and I broke down. She reminded me that I needed to give it over to God.
What Does Casting Your Cares Look Like?
I looked at her and said, “I know I’m not supposed to worry, but I don’t know what that is supposed to look like.”
I could not believe that those words came out of my mouth. Of course I knew what God’s word said. So many times, I had quoted that scripture, 1 Peter 5:7, but I did not know how to live it.
Many times in my life I thought I had given my problems to God, but I had either given them to Him temporarily or not at all. I would hold on to it. I did not know what I needed to do to achieve this. We are not being obedient to God if every time we pray and “give” him a problem, we turn around and five minutes later “pick it up” and start worrying about it again. We are telling God that we do not need Him and we do not have faith that He will take care of us and provide for us.
Do You Pray About Your Cares?
Pray without ceasing! 1 Thessalonians 5:17 (NASB)
Prayer is always the answer. If we are praying and talking to God about our problems, then we cannot be worrying about them. This is a constant struggle. When we go to God with our problems, we should not just say a prayer and move on. Ask Him to take them away. Then in five minutes, when you want to “pick that problem” back up, pray again. Continue to do this until you stop “picking it back up.” God is bigger than all of us. He can handle all of our problems. (Of course, I say all this as I write this at 4:00 a.m.)
I will not say that I am at a point where I cast my cares on Him and am immediately over it. That is going to be very difficult for a control freak like me. I am working on it, though. I have made great strides within the last few weeks. It becomes easier each day.
Is there a care that you are not giving over to God?
Are you holding on to past struggles?
Are you ready to cast your cares on Him?