Monday, March 8, 2010

Castaway all

“Cast your cares upon Him, for He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7 (NKJV) While I was in prayer one morning, the Lord impressed on me this verse.  He even told me that it was in 1 Peter, and I skimmed through 1 Peter but couldn’t find it, and I even skimmed 2 Peter, but still couldn’t find it.  So I went to my Bible’s concordance, and the verse was in 1 Peter all along!  God is so amazing! David also spoke of casting his cares upon the Lord.  In Psalm 55:22 (NKJV), David wrote, “Cast your burden on the Lord, And He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.”  

“Casting” is a fisherman’s term, and so appropriate since Peter was once a fisherman by trade (before he became a fisher of men, that is).  Then and now, fishermen cast their nets into the water to catch fish.  Casting is a word that means to throw.  In the same way, we are to cast, or throw, all our cares on Jesus.  Not only is He our Savior, He is our Friend.  A friend cares about what another friend is going through.  A friend listens to us when we tell them about our troubles and tries to help us the best way they can.  Jesus is there for us whenever we need Him – He is but a prayer away. 

When we cast our cares upon Jesus, we are to leave our cares with Him. It’s easy to cry to Jesus about all our troubles. But remembering to leave our cares and burdens with Him as we go about our daily business is the hardest part.  Only if He brings them to our attention another time are we to think on them again that particular day.  I pray every morning.  I have a list of people that I pray for, and prayers concerns for those particular people.  I have to remember, however, that once prayer time is done, I need to leave my concerns and cares with Jesus for Him to take care of.  This doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t be persistent in prayer. We are to keep praying for a situation or person until our prayer is answered.

So remember when times are tough and it seems like you’re at the end of your rope, Jesus loves you and is ready for you to cast your cares upon Him. He’s waiting for you right now.  Open your heart up to Him and tell Him about your concerns. 

That’s all for now.  See you again soon!