Cast All Your Anxiety on Him!


Most of us when we hear tfisherman-casting-nethe word cast, we think of throwing or flinging something. The picture to the left helps us to develop a mental image of what it means to cast. For fishermen, the net is cast into the water. It sinks with the hopes of trapping fish under the net. In doing so, the fisherman is able to retrieve the net with fish trapped inside. The fish will be used for bait, dinner or for sale. Regardless, we know that to cast means to throw off.

Today is Friday, July 10, 2015. It’s the end of the work week. A lot has transpired in our world and in our lives. Some of those things have encouraged us while others have plagued us. The things that nag and weigh us down are what we want to throw off, but we find that hard sometimes. No matter how hard we try, there are some circumstances that we  cannot shake. They are constantly on our minds assaulting the joy of our lives.

The text for today’s post has that in mind. 1 Peter 5:7, God tells us to “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” God invites us to throw off our cares or anxieties on him. He does so not to catch anything but to free us of the weight of it. I am not sure what you are dealing with right now, but I am sure you are dealing with something. That is the nature of this life. We will be dogged by circumstances. One of my former students lost his sister. I have aging and health challenged parents. I have adolescent children. Friends are fighting physical ailments. Money is real tight. There are a multitude of issues that we all are facing, but there is one effective resolution – Cast All Your Anxiety on Him! 

The text tells us to throw whatever it is on Him. The Greek word use for cast in this verse is epiriptō (e-pē-rē’p-tō). Epiriptō means to throw upon or place upon. God is calling us to throw our cares or anxieties on Him. Why? The text tells us because He cares for you. Let’s go to Mark 4 to remind ourselves that we doubt whether God cares for us. To set the scene, the disciples are traveling in a boat with Jesus when a storm comes upon them.

37 A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 38 Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” 39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. 40 He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” 41 They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”

After all they had been through with Jesus, the disciples still were not confident and certain of Jesus’ care for them. They asked don’t you care if we drown. We, like the disciples, often forget or doubt the care of Jesus. We lose sight of Him and focus on the urgency of the circumstance. We see the problem rather than the Provider. We focus on the created rather than the Creator. Enough of the cliche`s. The truth is that God cares for us. When you are in the midst of a moment of anxiety, you simply need to Cast All Your Anxiety on Him! 

We see that Jesus responded to the call for the disciples. He quieted the storm. Jesus did something so awesome that the disciples asked who is this that even the wind and waves obey Him. He is God. God has control over nature. He has power over death – see His resurrection. God has power. The rapper, Flame, shares that in his song Power. He says,

Now for the record, we’re talkin’ about Almighty God
Please don’t forget what he did with Moses’ rod
Please don’t forget when he split the Red Sea
What is a light bill, or a deadly disease?
What is a marriage problem, or one that’s on the rocks
To the One who speaks to storms, and storms stop?
To the One who got Lazarus outta the grave
Not after one, but two, three, four days
He is the Life, and the Resurrection
You give him your filth, and get his perfection
I’m tryna get you to see if he can save a soul
Defeat Satan and sin, all else is micro
And if he chooses to not grant a request
It’s not because he lacks power, but he’s seeking our best
It’s not because he lacks strength, but he’s seeking our good
Now go and walk through that trial like Jesus would

Cast All Your Anxiety on Him, so you can walk through that circumstance with the power of Christ. Won’t He Do It. Watch Him Do It.

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