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We have all heard those commercials. When we are facing an overwhelmingly daunting prospect of some kind, there are no words more welcome to our ears than for someone to step in and say “you let me worry about that”.
Casting all your cares upon Him, for He careth for you.
Every time I ever read that verse from I Peter chapter 5, my emphasis naturally fell on the word “careth”. Of course God cares for us. We know that. But yesterday when I read it, I thought about the law firm commercial, and saw the verse differently.
“Don’t care about that repair your roof needs. Let Me care for you”, and isn’t that really what God is saying in that passage? He does not expect us, never has, to handle our troubles all by ourselves. He wants to carry the lion’s share of our load. ( No pun intended). That is why He says ” take my yoke upon you, and learn of me for my yoke is easy and my burden is light”.
We can either be subject to the terms of this “dog-eat-dog” world and our sinful flesh and finite minds, or we can submit ourselves, our lives, our thoughts, our wills, as well as our burdens, to Him.
Conscientious folks think that if we are not worrying about our obligations, we are being negligent. Self-sufficiency is considered a virtue by most people. But what He wants for us is God-sufficiency.
Easier said than done, which is kind of ironic, as He is not asking us to “do” something, He is merely asking us to not do something.
And He wants this for us so greatly, that sometimes He will curtail or remove some of our means and abilities to prove it works. All He asks in return is that we learn, that we allow Him to teach us His ways.
Such a great trade-off, right?
Living in this time, is fraught with things we could worry about, real threats. But God did not give us a spirit of fear. He gave us a Holy Spirit comforter, and a Sword (His Word).
Does He mean for us to weild His Word like a champion fencer? Well, perhaps eventually. But first we have to get that sword out. Then we need to practice with it.
I spent most of my life thinking there was some mystical aspect to ” getting it right” as a Christian. God did not tell us to win the fight. He just said fight the good fight. He never instructed us to win the race, He just instructed us to run it, and finish. That comes down to rubber-meets-road practicalities.
Get out your Bible even when you don’t “feel like it”. Memorize some verses, even if your memory is awful. Pray, even when it does not seem like it makes a difference. Hope, even when everything you can discern with all of your physical senses, gives the appearance that it is hopeless. Share “the reason for your hope”, even if you think they won’t be receptive. When you are weary, remind yourself His strength is complete ( perfected in us) in our weakness, and come to Him with your burdens. When your pride is hurt, repent. When you are missing someone, rejoice that you have ( or had) been blessed to have had them in your life. When a good thing ends, be happy and thankful it happened, rather than sad or angry it is over.
It comes down to choosing. It comes down, really, to yielding.
What is easier, getting going, or stopping? Stop trying to rule your own life. We want to be God in our circumstances sometimes, and we can’t, because we aren’t.
Remember when you were a kid, and you could not wait to grow up and “be your own boss”. Have you ever looked back and thought how nice it would be to not have so darn much responsibility, to not have to always be “in charge” of so many things needing done? Well, that is the invitation being extended to us in these verses.
- Cast your cares upon Him, for He cares for you ( Proverbs 12:25).
- Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me, for I am meek and lowly of heart, and ye shall find rest. (Matt 11:29)
- Cast thy burdens upon the Lord, and He will sustain you. He will never suffer the righteous to be moved. (Psalm 55:22)
- Anxiety in a man’s heart, weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad (Proverbs 12:25)
I have observed and studied this earthly life for 54 years with my finite mind and limited comprehension.
But God stands way up above us. Time, and history are, to Him, from His lofty height, a parade that He can see the beginning of, and the end of all at once. He can see that if the parade turns left at the light, ” this will happen”, and if it turns right, “this other thing will happen”. Like the computer “Deep Blue” when it defeated world Chess champion Garry Kasparoff in 1997 He knows (and has a plan) for every possible choice of every one of us. That is how He is able to direct our steps even while we choose our path (Proverbs 16:9), which is probably why He often seems to “wait until the last possible moment” to come through for us. It is also why He is never “disappointed” or surprised.
I know it is easier said than done, but it is not impossible, or else God would not make the offer.