What to do with Worry…Cast it on the Lord (I Peter 5:7)
I Peter 5:7, Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
George Muller Massena, one of Napoleon's generals, suddenly appeared with 18,000 soldiers before an Austrian town which had no means of defending itself. The town council met, certain that capitulation was the only answer. The old dean of the church reminded the council that it was Easter, and begged them to hold services as usual, and to leave the trouble in God's hands. They followed his advice and turned their worry over to the Lord. The dean went to the church and rang the bells to announce the service. When the French soldiers heard the church bells ring, they concluded that the Austrian army had come to rescue the town. They broke camp, and before the bells had ceased ringing, vanished.
God took care of the problem. He can take care of your problems, too. Don't let worry weaken your faith. Worry will weaken your faith and rob you of your peace. The beginning of worry is the end of faith, and the beginning of true faith is the end of worry.
I Peter 5:7, Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. God wants us to throw our cares overboard. He wants us to willingly throw them upon Him. Casting indicates a deliberate act of our will. In other words, “I will thrust my cares upon the Lord.”
The LORD is telling us to stop worrying. In other words, we are to stop worrying and never start worrying again. Nothing justifies our worry and anxiousness when we have the Lord. Worry is sinful. We may dignify worry by calling it by some other name—concern, burden, a cross to bear—-but the results are still the same.
Worry fails to recognize that God is working in your life. God knows what He is doing. He has not forgotten us. He is at work, but when we worry we are saying that God is not in control. Worry is irrelevant. It cannot change anything. It says that He doesn’t know what He is doing and He can’t take care of us. Worry is like a rocking chair. It doesn’t get you anywhere. There is no need to worry because the Lord can supply every need for every situation that we face in life. God is bigger than our problems. He is never caught off guard, or surprised, at what takes place in our lives. He knows what is going on and will take care of you. The man who feeds his heart on the record of what God has done in the past will never worry about the future.
Prayer, Father in Heaven, I regret having carried these burdens and worries so long by myself when, in fact, You were always ready to take them from me and to carry them on my behalf. But it’s never too late to do what is right, so right now I make the decision to yield to You every one of these matters that are troubling me. Thank You for coming alongside me to take these weights from my shoulders. Because You are so loving and attentive to me, I can now go free!
I pray this in Jesus’ name!
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