Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Cast Your Cares - Martin Wiles

cast your cares
Cast your burden on the Lord, And He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved. Psalm 55:22 NKJV

She wasn’t any good at rod-and-reel casting because she never did it. Instead, my maternal grandmother was a cane pole caster. Weather permitting, she fished every time she got a chance, but she didn’t take a rod-and-reel. She cut cane that grew in the swamps around their farmland and made her own fishing poles. 

Occasionally, when I’d fish with her, I’d take along a rod-and-reel. She’d dip her poles near the boat, and I’d cast my line into the middle of the lake. I can’t ever remember catching anything with my rod-and-reel. I knew how to cast, but I undoubtedly wasn’t casting in the right place or with the right lures.

Another type of casting has also been difficult for me. The kind the psalmist refers to—the type where I take my cares and anxieties and throw them to God. Although the Bible assures me God cares for me and doesn’t want me to be anxious over things occurring in my life, I tend let my feelings win out too many times. I forget God’s promise to sustain me.

Whatever cares I have, God has them too. If I’m His child, He’s concerned about every detail in my life. He’s even concerned about those who aren’t His children. His love reaches to all, but especially to those who’ve chosen to follow Him.

How God can handle all the cares we hold onto at any given moment is beyond understanding. But, after all, He is God. He’s the sovereign ruler of the universe. He controls, guides, and sustains. All those traits equip Him to shoulder whatever concerns us. We can only handle so much before we have a nervous breakdown, emotional burnout, or turn to substances to help us get through. But if we’ll let God handle those things, we won’t have to experience any of that.

Trying to handle our cares shows a lack of trust in God. He never tires of us casting our cares on Him. Unlike my casting, which never resulted in anything, casting on God always has results. We’ll reel in His peace, comfort, wisdom, and guidance to face whatever causes our anxiety.

Try casting God’s way. You’ll never be disappointed.

Father, I cast my cares on You, believing You are able to give me comfort and peace, regardless of my circumstances. 

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