Casting Your Care

1 Peter 5:7 " Casting all your care upon Him; for He cares for you"

Several weekends ago, my daughter took my wife and I hiking in a beautiful park in nearby Pennsylvania.  It was awesome!  We were amazed at the beautiful scenery, wooded landscape, winding trails, along the picturesque Schuylkill River.  As we were walking we saw a dad and his two boys in the shallow part of the river fishing.  We stopped to watch them as they "cast" their lines in pursuit of golden trout and bass.

In 1 Peter 5:7 Peter says, "Casting all your care upon Him".  Interesting.  Care is defined here as "a suffering mind", or "a disquieted state of mixed uncertainty, apprehension, and responsibility, anxiety, also defined as worry".  Sound familiar?

If yes, Peter tells us exactly how to deal with "care".  He says to cast our care upon our Heavenly Father.  Cast means to "cause to move or send forth by throwing, to throw off or away".  Sound too simple?  

God is inviting us to cast ALL our care, worry, anxiety, burden on Him.  Now I'm not implying that you just sit home and do nothing!  You play a part too, and that is to simply listen to God and then do what He says.  This seems too simple for most people.  We feel the need to help God out!  We feel compelled to DO something.

What we need to DO is cast our cares like a fisherman out, throw the weight of them off of us and onto God.  To put the burden where it belongs, on the Maker and Creator of Heaven and earth, the One who cares for us affectionately.  And then quiet yourself and listen.  Listen as if you were standing with us by the river bank, as all we heard was the sound of the peaceful flow of water and quiet stillness of the woodlands…God is ready and waiting for you to cast all your care upon Him.