'Christ in You...'
by Dale Krebbs
Casting Your Cares
"Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully." - 1 Peter 5:7 (AMP)
Are you "casting" your cares, worries, concerns, problems, circumstances, upon Christ? This is perhaps one of the most encouraging and inspiring verses in the Bible. It is certainly one to cling to when it seems that no one is caring for us. Many times when it seems that Christ is not caring for us - when our lives and circumstances seem to be completely out of control - that He isn't caring for us very well.
He is in fact not caring for us sometimes because we have not considered one thing: there is a condition to His taking our cares upon Him and His "caring for us" in a way that we recognize as we struggle with our casting. We must read what Peter is saying to us in the context of the subject. Notice in verse 6: "
Therefore humble yourselves [demote, lower yourselves in your own estimation] under the mighty hand of God, that in due time he may exalt you."
Before we can expect Jesus to take our cares upon Himself, we must have a humble attitude.
And our humble attitude cannot be just concerning the issues and worries immediately burdening us, but actually consists of an overall attitude of humility of heart and spirit. An attitude that encompasses every part of our lives. The last portion of verse 6 says "that he may exalt you" reveals that He wants to exalt us first by taking all our concerns upon Himself. By doing so, He includes not only doing our worrying and removing our fears. When we humble ourselves He will carry not only our worries, but at the same time He will exalt us! When He takes our cares upon Himself after we humble ourselves, he delights in exalting us as well!
This is the way of our Lord and Savior. He always blesses us even more than we expect or ask, when we are truly humble. This humility must not be a one time event. Humility is a spiritual quality that underlies our attitude, thoughts, and motives. When we truly humble ourselves before Him, He gives us more than we ask. While He carries our burdens, He will also exalt us in the process.
As we align ourselves with these conditions more and more, He will carry more and more of the burdens of lives. He will not only carry our present worries and cares, but as long as we truly humble ourselves, He will do so for as long as He gives us the grace of this present life. And when Peter says "that in due time.." he is referring to eternal exaltation in eternal life.
As long as you are truly humble before Him he will always carry you through all you worries, troubles, and trials - even if you should live many years unto old age.
He did it for Israel. He will do it for you.
"Listen to Me [says the Lord], O house of Jacob, and all the remnant of the house of Israel, you who have been borne by Me from your birth, carried from the womb: Even to your old age I am He, and even to hair white with age will I carry you. I have made, and I will bear; yes, I will carry and will save you."- Isaiah 46:3-4 (AMP)
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