Wednesday, September 6

Cast your cares

Scripture: 1 Peter 5

1 Peter 5:6–7 And God will exalt you in due time, if you humble yourselves under his mighty hand 7 by casting all your cares on him because he cares for you.

Observation

The NET translates v. 6-7 as one sentence (unlike the NIV and others that translate it as two), because the verb “cast” in v. 7 is a participle that defines the primary verb “humble yourself” in v. 6. How do we humble ourselves? By casting our cares on God. Humility is seeing yourself as you really are and seeing God as He is—then casting your care on Him. It is dependence upon God. 

There are two lovely promises about God in this text. 

First, God will exalt you in due time. Peter doesn’t say how or when, only that God will exalt us when the time is right. Don’t try to exalt yourself—humble yourself under His mighty hand and He will exalt you in due time. God’s mighty hand is a common OT phrase that was used both of God’s deliverance and discipline. It reminds us of God’s sovereign work in our lives, which leads to the second promise. 

Second, God cares for you. You can cast your cares on Him because He cares for you. You can carry your worries and anxieties, or you can let Him carry them, because He cares for you. No care is too small; He knows the number of hairs on your head, and sees every sparrow when it falls. 

The Greek word for “cast” (epiripto) means “to throw, to cast, to load” and was used of throwing responsibility to someone else. We can unload our cares on God. Let God be responsible for your cares…because He cares for you. 

Application

I catch myself carrying my own cares, weighed down by them, when I have a mighty God who cares for me and invites me to unload my cares on Him. 

Matthew 11:28–30 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke on you and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and my load is not hard to carry.”

Today, each time I am burdened by care or anxiety, I will bring it to Jesus and roll it from my shoulders to His, knowing that He cares for me. 

George MacDonald, the great nineteenth-century writer, had a mother who wrote this lovely prayer, dated May 29, 1820.

We come dear Jesus to thy Throne

To open all our grief;

Now send thy promised mercy down,

And grant us quick relief.

Though Satan rage and flesh rebel,

And unbelief arise,

We’ll wait around his footstool still,

For Jesus hears our cries

I can’t express it so beautifully in verse, but that is what I want to do: come to Jesus when burdened with care…because He cares for me. 

Prayer: Lord, I love You and I’m so grateful that You care for me and invite me to come and cast my cares on You. 

More: Isaiah 11-12, Hebrews 6