Cast your cares on Jesus Christ l Worship

By Pastor Don Saul, Jericho Bridge | Jan 31, 2018

The other day I was reading this verse in my Bible: “Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.”

That was written by the Apostle Peter in his letter, 1 Peter 5:7.

My brain stopped on the word, “Cast.”

Cast – like casting your fishing line – was an interesting word choice, so I wanted to explore that a little more.

But before I could, my brain leaped to thinking about all the fishing I used to do in Minnesota.

Ah, land of 10,000 lakes. Walleye, northern, bass, sunsets and mosquitoes.

Grilled fish with eggs, canoeing on the still lake at sunrise… it then hit me that my mind was drifting like a blue fish in a Disney movie.

Back to the verse.

Cast.

Another translation of the original Greek word is “throw.”

Peter says to throw all your anxiety on Him.

This is such a great statement; because there is quite a bit we can learn and be encouraged by.  Let’s study it and break it down, word-by-word.

“Cast”: Throw.

When you cast your fishing line into the water, you are sending it out in faith. You have prepared your rod, reel and bait.

You’re ready; you’ve done all that you can do, and now you wait for a response.

“All”:  This is an easy one. Not some, not most, but all.

“Your”: Something you own. It’s on your shoulders; it’s always there. You carry it around with you.

“Anxiety”: Your cares, your worries and the circumstances in your life that you cannot control, weighing on your heart.

“On”: This is an important word. Peter does not use the word, “to.” When you throw an object to a destination, it may or may not get there. When you cast an object onto someone, it lands there; it rests on them. It is now theirs to care for.

“Him”: Jesus Christ; God Almighty.

So let’s see where we are.

An expanded version of that same verse can read like this: “With faith and confidence, let go of every single worry, care and fear that you have been carrying around on your back.  Place it all onto the shoulders of the living, almighty God.”

Wow.

That should give you encouragement.

But in case his readers (or you) might not be quite fully on board, Peter doesn’t end there.  “Because”, he starts. Because means why.

Why can you cast your cares on God?  Because He cares for you.

Jesus doesn’t take your anxieties begrudgingly. He takes them willingly. Just as He willingly endured death on a cross for your sins because He loved you then, He now freely takes your anxieties onto His shoulders… because He still loves you.

Paul wrote this to the Church in Ephesus (Ephesians 2: 4-5): “Because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions — it is by grace you have been saved.”

The undeserved love Jesus Christ has for you, today, can give you the faith to cast all your anxieties on Him, and to know that “the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you” (Deuteronomy 31:6).

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