Over the past five years, God has taught me a painful, yet incredibly precious lesson: the ONLY way you can experience peace and be free from anxiety is to cast ALL your cares on him.
All your cares. Not some. Not most. Not the most pressing ones. All of them.
As it says in 1 Peter 5:7, “…casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”
Four years ago, I went to the emergency room because I was concerned I might be having a heart attack. My chest was tight, my heart was hammering, and I could feel my pulse pounding in my head. It was a strange, frightening sensation.
But I wasn’t having a heart attack. My stress levels were simply red lining. And for good reason. I was pretty sure that we weren’t going to be able to pay our bills. At the time, our budget was stretched thinner than used Saran wrap.
The ultimate problem wasn’t with my physical heart, but my spiritual one. In the midst of the intense pressure, I wasn’t heeding the command to, “Cast all your cares on him.” Instead, I was trying to bear the burden myself. Instead of casting my cares on God, I was carrying them myself.
I was constantly running the numbers in my head, trying to figure out how we were going to pay this bill by this date, buy necessary groceries, and make rent. Instead of casting my cares on the Lord, I was playing the numbers game, thinking that if I could make everything work out in my head, my stress levels would drop and my burdens would be lessened.
But it turns out that I was never designed to be a burden bearer. God didn’t create me to live self-sufficiently, apart from him. And when I fail to heed the command to, “Cast all your cares on him,” things never turn out well.
Cast All Your Cares On Him By Humbling Yourself
Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you (1 Peter 5:6-7).
Humility is a prerequisite for peace. The truth is, you simply can’t cast all your cares on him if you’re proud.
When I’m proud, I’m convinced that I have the necessary strength to deal with all the cares and anxieties that I encounter. I don’t cast all my cares on God because I think that I can handle them well enough on my own. I don’t need God’s help. Don’t need his sustaining strength. Don’t need his wisdom or guidance. Thanks God, but I got this.
To quote the great philosopher Ariana Grande, “Thank you, next.”
I may not explicitly think or vocalize any of these sentiments, but my failure to heed the command to, “Cast all your cares on him,” reveals just how foolishly self-sufficient I am. I’ve bought into the lie that I have everything in me necessary to live a rich, full, joyful, God-honoring life.
This is insanity of epic proportions. I’m a moron and fool to think I can live apart from God.
Paul Tripp speaks of self-sufficiency this way:
We all like to think of ourselves as more independently capable than we actually are. We weren’t created to be independent, autonomous, or self-sufficient. We were made to live in a humble, worshipful, and loving dependency upon God and in a loving and humble interdependency with others.
I was made to live in humble and loving dependency on God. This requires humility. If I’m going to cast all my cares on the Lord, I must first recognize that I’m not strong enough or smart enough to deal with them on my own. I must humbly acknowledge that I am limited and can’t effectively bear all the burdens life places on me.
If I’m going to obey the command to, “Cast all your cares on him,” I must come to terms with the fact that I’m not Superman.
I’m a weak, frail, fragile person – an easily broken earthen vessel. I don’t have the sufficient moxie, grit, and fortitude to bear all my burdens in a way that truly honors God. Sure, I may be able to suck it up and push through, but that doesn’t glorify God and isn’t the path to peace.
In order to cast all your cares on him, you must first humble yourself.
Cast ALL Your Cares On Him (Not Just Some)
I’m so grateful for that little word, “All.”
As in, “Cast ALL your cares on him.”
Not just the big ones. Not just the ones that are really stressing me out and sending me to the hospital. God wants me to bring all my cares and fear and worries, big and little, and to cast them upon him.
In Matthew 10:29-31, Jesus says:
Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.
This is such an encouraging passage to me and is a visual, visceral reminder of why I’m to cast all my cares upon the Lord. Jesus is making an argument from the lesser to the greater. God cares for even the smallest of birds, the sparrow. Not a single sparrow dies without God allowing it to happen.
If God cares so much about seemingly insignificant creatures like the sparrow, then he cares infinitely more about me. And if God cares so much about me, then there is no care too small or too big for him.
This is why God says, “Cast ALL your cares upon him.”
God loves us so much that he doesn’t want us carrying ANY burden on our own. Your back is bothering you? Cast that upon the Lord. Your father was just diagnosed with cancer? That goes to God as well. Your budget is tight and you might miss paying a bill? Cast it upon the Lord. You’re on the verge of bankruptcy? Run to God.
There is no care too big or small for God’s loving heart.
Charles Spurgeon puts it like this:
It does not matter how heavy troubles are if you can cast them on the Lord. The heavier they are, so much the better, for the more you have gotten rid of, and the more there is laid on the rock.
Cast All Your Cares Upon Him, For He Cares For You
Don’t make the same mistake I did. Don’t neglect to cast all your cares on him. Don’t try to bear all your burdens on your own. I didn’t have the necessary strength and you don’t either.
Do you believe that God cares for you? Do you believe that he loves you? Do you believe that he is concerned with all the details of your life, big and small, mundane and massive?
Then humble yourself and cast all your cares on him. Run to him with all your fears and worries. Let him do all the heavy lifting.
Andy Naselli helpfully says:
You might think that God is way too important to care about you and your little anxieties, but God is telling you that he cares for you.
It is arrogant of you to keep your anxieties to yourself and not give all your worries and cares to God. Proud people try to take matters into their own hands. Humble people trust God.
Humble yourself. Trust God. Cast all your cares on him because he cares for you.