Our pastor teaches verse by verse through the Bible. Yesterday he taught verse… Just one verse. It was a very familiar verse. And his message was just exactly what I needed to hear. In fact, it was so timely that I figured I had better share from my notes so that others might be encouraged, as well. You’re welcome. 🙂
(Note: some of this is directly from the sermon, but some is also what God spoke to my heart.)
“casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” ~ 1 Peter 5:7
That’s it. Such a simple little verse. We all know it, yet do we really do it? I don’t know about you, but I’m not very good at it.
This verse is actually a continuation of the exhortation from the previous verse:
“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” ~ 1 Peter 5:6-7
Ah ha! Humble yourselves. Put yourself under God in rank and file, submit to Him as your Commanding Officer, and rest under the shelter of His wings. For when we finally admit that we need Him and cannot do this alone, that He is greater and we are lesser, that He is God and we are not, we are finally free to surrender all the cares that we carry along on our daily journey. Those same burdens that God already bears for us.
We are kind of like a little child, learning to swim. Our parent is actually holding onto us in that water, but we are kicking and splashing and flailing and “swimming” all on our own! It is exciting, and yet frightening– what if you quit swimming and sink?
God is holding onto us, taking care of all of the burdens and cares of this life, while we flail about and fret that we are going under for the last time. Isn’t that a bit silly? And a waste of time? And actually a sin?
When we worry, we assume that God isn’t taking care of things for us. We are denying His wisdom, His love, His power, and His word. Hasn’t He promised to take care of us? Hasn’t He promised to love us?
Brothers and sisters in Christ, we must once and for all give ALL of our cares to Jesus — past, present, and future cares. As J. Vernon McGee tells us (I’m not sure I have it worded perfectly for an exact quote, so please forgive me): Take it to God in prayer. Leave it there. Don’t pick it up again. Ever.
When we follow the instructions in vs. 6-7, God gives us…
1.) Courage to walk with Him and to face any challenges (Isaiah 41:10)
2.) Wisdom as we go through our daily life (James 1:5)
3.) Strength to do His will (Philippians 4:13)
4.) Faith to trust Him to take care of everything (Psalm 37:5)
Do we really believe 1 Peter 5:7? Then why are we bearing the burdens when God is already carrying them for us?
Cast those worries, anxieties, concerns, distresses, fears, troubles all onto God once and for all– for He really does care for you!
If you have never trusted Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, first and foremost you need to cast your sin upon Him. Accept Jesus and the forgiveness and redemption He freely gives, by God’s grace– unearned, undeserved mercy and love and forgiveness and kindness– through faith in Jesus Christ.
“…Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved…” ~ Acts 16:31a