My eldest son Brock absolutely loves fishing. He can spend hours casting out and reeling in with great joy, without ever catching a fish. At the beginning of this year’s Christmas break, instead of coming straight home from Stetson University, he visited the home of his new friend, Tyler, who lives on Florida’s west coast. They spent a great deal of time fishing and even went on an overnight trip. They caught their limit of red snapper, the fish they were seeking, having spent most of their time both casting and catching!
As Brock was telling me about his trip, it got me thinking: whether you and I ever pick up a fishing pole in our lives, we are all called to “cast”—not with a fishing pole—we are to cast our cares on God.
Cast all your cares on [God] because he cares for you.
(1 Peter 5:7)
How good are you at casting your cares? Notice the reason you are instructed to cast all your cares on God: “because He cares for you!” Do you believe the truth of this verse of Scripture? You might reflexively answer that question with an emphatic “Yes!” But let me say this: You can measure how much you actually believe it: It is only to the extent that you “cast your cares on God” that you truly believe this wonderful truth.
The Bible is chock-full with passages that demonstrate the care God has for His people. Here is just one example, taken from the story of the Exodus redemption:
- God sent a deliverer (Moses) into Egypt to tell Pharaoh to let the His people go.
- God sent ten miraculous plagues, demonstrating His power on behalf of His people.
- God led the Israelites out of bondage in Egypt after 400 years.
- God parted the waters of the Red Sea.
- God led the Israelites through the Red Sea on dry ground.
- God drowned every one of the pursuing Egyptians.
- God sent manna from heaven to feed them for forty years.
- God poured made water come forth from a rock to quench their thirst.
- God brought them into the Promised Land that flowed with milk and honey.
For forty years the Israelites wandered through the desert wilderness, with countless cares along the way. When they tried to deal with their cares themselves, things did not go well! You will remember when they grew impatient while Moses was meeting with God on Mount Sinai that—instead of casting their cares on God—they cast their gold into the fire and fashioned a golden calf to worship. God judged them for this grotesque evil, and as the people groaned under their judgment, they turned back to God and finally did cast their cares upon Him.
What are your cares today? What storm winds are blowing in your life right now? What obstacles seem to be blocking your way forward? You have only two choices in dealing with them: you can keep your cares to yourself and deal with them in your own way . . . or you can cast your cares on God.
Remember, God has promised to never leave you nor forsake you. So why not cast your cares upon God? He truly does care for you!
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!