Cast Your Cares upon the Lord

Dina Jones, M.A.

 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you (1 Peter 5:6-7, NASB).

As a mental health professional, it is easy to find ourselves bogged down with concern over serious and life threatening issues our clients are facing.

The word “cast” catches my attention. Casting involves throwing with force. When I picture a fisherman casting a line for a catch, I do not picture a dainty throw. A line is cast with precision and force. A skilled fisherman casts a line with confidence. He knows where his line will go, he is an expert in timing, and he has an outcome clearly in mind.

Similarly, I want to cast my anxieties and worries forcefully out of my heart and mind. I do not want to simply mumble, “God, please watch over my daughters” when I am burdened with worries and fears. I want to tell the Lord my fears, ask Him for trust and comfort, and claim the truth that He is bigger than my fears.

As mental health professionals, we often get to coach our clients through this purposeful casting, and can speak to the intentionality required. When we purposefully carve time out of our busy schedules to be alone with the Lord and seek His voice in our greatest fears, we are casting. When our clients come to us for help and guidance in finding freedom from anxiety and worry, they are moving towards casting.

Cast it All

We tend to hold onto our anxieties, thinking that we have it under control and that we will fix it. But the Lord commands us to cast all of our anxieties on Him. This even includes anything from the day to day stresses to the big crises that we are not sure how to get through. It can also range from our own personal fears and insecurities to helping our clients deal with pain and hurt.

Philippians 4:6-7 says “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, bring your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Jesus Christ.” When we cast everything to the Lord, by prayer and petition, He will give us a peace and will help guard our hearts and minds in His precious Son.

Cast it Because

The Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible summarizes the message of 1 Peter 5:6-7 in the context of what we know about the Lord in Matthew 20:25, Matthew 20:26, and 2 Corinthians 1:24: “Throw your cares, which are so cutting and distracting, which wound your souls and pierce your hearts, upon the wise and gracious providence of God; trust in him with a firm composed mind, for he careth for you. He is willing to release you of your care, and take the care of you upon himself. He will either avert what you fear, or support you under it. He will order all events to you so as shall convince you of his paternal love and tenderness towards you; and all shall be so ordered that no hurt, but good, shall come unto you”.

In “Cast My Cares”, Tim Timmons sings:

In the middle of the night
When worry finds me
In the middle of the fight
When strength is gone
In the middle of a fire
When fear is closing in
You are, You are my song
You’re my hope, when hope is gone

I will cast my cares on You the almighty
I will cast my cares on You ’cause You’re good
I will cast my cares on You ’cause You love me, You love me

We are not meant to go through each day carrying our burdens, anxieties, and stress. We are meant to cry out to the Lord and walk through life knowing that God cares about us, loves us, and has our lives in His hands.

Cast My Cares concludes triumphantly:

In the middle of the night
I’ll pray with confidence
In the middle of the fight
You’re greater still
In the middle of a fire
Your love is holding me
You are, You are my song
You’re my hope, when hope is gone

Posted on: Oct. 29, 2014, 1:44 p.m.