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Cast Your Cares On The Lord

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1 Peter 5:6-7(NKJV) - Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

Lately, God's Voice could not have been any clearer to me when He said; "Cast all your cares upon me." Since He doesn't waste words, the fact that He had to say something meant that He noticed that I was carrying around some cares that belonged to Him. I forgot what God said for a few days until yesterday I had a conversation with one of my friends who said the same thing to me but in a different way. Immediately, The Holy Spirit reminded me of what He had already said; "Cast all of your cares upon me."

If you're anything like me, these words from The Lord resonate with you also. I usually don't consider myself to be the worrisome type. I don't waste energy just worrying about things because worrying gets nothing done. However, I do believe in searching for solutions. As a result, when I'm faced with challenges I get to work looking for solutions. Even though it's good to look for solutions, the search itself can become a stressful experience. It can also become extremely frustrating when the deadline for a solution is looming and I'm nowhere closer to finding one than when I first started searching.

That's where The Lord has chosen to intervene. He cares for us so much that He doesn't want us to rely on ourselves to solve our own issues. The truth is that many times we can't do it on our own anyway. We need to rely on Him. Perhaps, that explains why 1 Peter 5:6 starts off by talking to us about humility before the next verse tells us to cast our cares upon God. Humble yourself and be exalted, then cast your cares on God because He cares for you.

It takes humility to trust God with your situation and not feel like you're the only person who can do anything about it. It takes humility to trust God to exalt you in due time and not assume you'll get there only by hard work and/or strategic relationships. It takes humility to give God your cares and not carry them yourself. It's easy to feel proud when you solve your own problems but when God does it for you, nothing is more humbling.

Matthew 11:28-30(NKJV) - Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."

God's calling all of us hard workers out there whose necks are sore from putting our shoulders to the plough day in and day out. He's calling all of us who can flip an internal "beast mode" switch when we start getting tired and can turn it up another gear when our bodies start slowing down. He's calling those of us with the "never say die" attitudes. The ones who refuse to give up. He's asking us to come to Him so we can rest. God knows we need it. Rest is one of those four letter words that needs to return to our vocabulary.

Maybe this is not for you because you are resting right now. If so, forward it to one of your friends who needs to hear what God is saying here. It's time to rest. You can't carry the weight of the world on your shoulders because it's too heavy. You can't make anything happen. Only God can make things happen. In fact, God wants to give you His Will for your life and His power to carry it out as the easy yoke you pull and the light burden you carry. He'll take the heavy stuff.

Matthew 6:31-34(NKJV) - "Therefore do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

God's offering an easy exchange. He's offering us to take responsibility for His Kingdom on the earth while He takes responsibility for all the things we need. He won't need to worry about His Kingdom in the earth at this time because we'll be doing His Will and we won't need to worry about the things we need. Fair exchange? Well, it's not fair but it works for us.

Cast all your cares upon Him. Give Him all. He can carry them. This is something you have to do on purpose. The word "cast" is used many times in The Bible in a very aggressive manner. For instance you will see phrases like "cast out", "cast the first stone" or "cast in the lake of fire". In those applications the word "cast" is quite intense and there's nothing gentle about it. In other words, Jesus wants you to treat your cares like you can't stand them anymore and throw them on His strong shoulders. Don't gently remove them. Get rid of them quickly. Give them to Him now. You've carried them too long. Cast your cares on The Lord!

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