“Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” (1 Peter 5:7).
Yesterday we learned that we are to “humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God.” Today, I want to show you the secret of exactly how to do it. Today’s verse is filled with decisive action. We are specifically told to do something….something very important. Peter tells us, “Cast all your cares upon Him,” the Apostle writes.
The word he uses literally means “to be continuallycasting.” In other words, this is not a one time thing; no, we are to make it the habit of our daily lives. And the root meaning of the word “casting” is beautifully excessive; it goes well beyond the thought of simply becoming an imposition upon another — it actually has the idea of being a “super-imposition” — a total freeloader!
Have you ever said to someone, “I don’t mean to impose upon you, but could you give me some help?” It’s a polite way of humbling yourself in a time of need. And that’s all well and good, for sometimes we do need to ask others for assistance without becoming an imposition upon them.
But the Apostle goes well beyond this social protocol. He instructs us to not merely make ourselves an imposition upon God — but to go so far as to become a super-imposition upon Him!
The phrase “casting your cares” literally means “to throw upon another.” In this case, the other is God Himself. Peter is saying that we must throw our cares upon God. Indeed, HURL them, so as to get them as far away from ourselves as possible! We are not talking slow-pitch softball here. HURL it with everything you got in you!! Think of a catapult and you get the picture.
This is the secret of humbling ourselves under the mighty hand of God.
The proud hold tightly to the cares of this world, deeming themselves sufficient to handle things on their own. But, we humble ourselves by “casting our cares upon the Lord” — by hurling the weight of the world onto His strong shoulders, and finding our place of rest in His loving care.
Tomorrow, I will show you a practical way to do this; its what I call the Emphasize Exercise….