Easier said than done, right?
The word, “Cast”, like in the Scripture below, means to “Throw”.
“Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.” Psalm 55:22 NIV
This literally means to take your cares and throw them on God.
It could be the grief over your child who is not walking with the Lord, and/or is making poor choices that is hurting him or herself and others. It could be financial stress. Or the sadness and loneliness you feel being stuck in an unhealthy marriage or relationship. Or it might be the anxiety and fear you carry regarding the present condition of our world and the upcoming election.
I just overheard a conversation today of someone telling a friend how they have tried everything to reduce stress, but it is not working. Have you ever felt that way?
What does the Bible say we are to do with these cares? Throw them on God.
What does that mean? How do you throw something to God? By faith. It takes trust to believe that God knows about what you are burdened about, that He cares about it, AND that He can and will do something about it.
I have heard story after story of people who finally released a burden to the Lord, and I mean really released it – they just let it go – and very soon afterwards the problem was remedied, either naturally or supernaturally.
Maybe your burden is unforgiveness. You cannot live a healthy life with that poison in your soul. No matter how much you think you are “fine”, you are not. Release it to the Lord.
You might think, regarding all of these types of anxieties, “How will releasing them to the Lord do any good? I must work on them! It would be irresponsible to just forget about them.”
I am not saying to completely forget about them, that would be impossible. What I am saying is to give God the sole responsibility of doing something about them. You can’t anyway. You’ve already tried.
What I have learned is that three things happen when you truly let go:
1. Your peace comes back. Once you throw off that burden into the hands of the Lord, you can breathe again. You will have much more room in your emotional tank to enjoy some other emotions, too, like joy.
2. Your creativity increases. Once your mind is freed up from trying to figure out what you are going to do about your problem, God will give you His wisdom. Sometimes it is simply one thought that is the answer to the problem. Or at least one action item, a way to approach a person or situation, that moves things in the right direction.
3. God gets involved. As long as it is your problem, it is not His problem. But as soon as you throw it into His hands it becomes His problem.
“The LORD will work out his plans for my life— for your faithful love, O LORD, endures forever. Don’t abandon me, for you made me.” Psalm 138:8 NLT
God will not take your burdens from you. He gave you free will. You can hang on to them if you want. But if you give them to Him, He will own them as His problem, and that is when you will see things begin to happen.