Anxiety: cast it don’t carry it
What are you anxious about? This might help.
‘Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.’ (1 Peter 5:7).
What does it mean to cast your anxiety on God?
The word “cast” is in Luke 19:35. It’s Palm Sunday and the disciples have been sent to get the donkey. “They brought it to Jesus, and casting their garments on the colt, they set Jesus on it.”
If you have a garment on and you want an animal to carry it for you, you “cast” the garment on the animal. You don’t carry it anymore. It’s on the animal not on you. The donkey works for you and lifts your load.
God is willing to carry your anxieties the same way a donkey carries a coat or bag. One of the greatest things about the God of the Bible is that he commands us to let him work for us before commanding us to work for him.
“Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).
“Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you” (Psalm 55:22).
“Even to your old age I am he, and to gray hairs I will carry you. I have made, and I will bear; I will carry and will save” (Isaiah 46:4).
“From of old no one has heard or perceived by the ear, no eye has seen a God besides thee, who works for those who wait for him” (Isaiah 64:4).
Throw the garments of your anxiety onto him. He wants to carry it.
How Do You Do That?
You do it by trusting the second half of 1 Peter 5:7. It says “…because he cares for you.”
How do you practically make the anxiety transfer from your back to God’s back? The answer is: trust that he cares for you. Believe this promise. Trust him.
That promise does not hang in the air. It is connected to a command and the promise is meant to show you how to obey the command. The command is, ‘Cast your anxiety on God’. The promise is, ‘God cares for you’. He cares about the thing that has you worrying. He wants to be trusted for that.
Often we trust God in the abstract. A text like this says lay a specific anxiety on God. Trust him specifically that he cares about that specific thing. When it says that he cares, it means he cares about that thing; that anxiety. It means he will act. He will work. Not always the way we would – his horizon outstrips ours tenfold. Casting your anxiety on God means trusting him for handling this specific situation, in his wisdom. If you believe that he cares (which is what the promise says) then your fears will be lifted.
The Connection of Prayer
Philippians 4:6 says, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and supplication, let your request be made known to God. And the peace of God which passes all comprehension will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
So 1 Peter 5:7 says, “Cast your anxiety on God by trusting that he cares for you.” And Philippians 4:6 says, “Cast your anxiety on the Lord by praying and letting your requests be made known to him.” The connection is simple. Trusting that God cares about your anxiety is expressed in prayer. Prayer is trust turned toward God and expressed.
– Prayers of thanks. (Philippians 4:6)
– Prayers for humility (Philippians 2:3–8).
– Prayers for more faith in God’s promises – to know he cares.