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Cast your cares on Him
April 30, 2012
by Pastor Al Jones, New Life Assembly of God Church, Cokato

With the fishing opener fast approaching, I started looking through some of my tackle. I also took time to make sure the line looked good on my reels and that they were running smoothly.

I caught myself dreaming of putting a lure on my line and casting it out onto the water – with the potential of catching the elusive fish that I could not see.

I got to thinking about the word, cast. It’s a word that we use to describe throwing the lure out into the water and reeling it back in. It wouldn’t do much good to throw it out without some way of getting it back, though. We need to bring it back and control it so it can do its job – catch a fish.

The apostle Peter penned these words from his first epistle, “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” When we look at what he wrote, did he mean that we should treat our cares just as we treat our fishing lures – to bring them back into the boat?

Peter was a fisherman, and he knew what it meant to cast his net into the water. But when we decide to give the Lord our cares and worries, we should never entertain the thought to bring them back.

Yet, that’s exactly what we believers sometimes do. We go to the Father in prayer, ask the Lord to help with the burdens that are troubling us, and then when we’re done giving those needs to the Lord (casting them upon Him), we begin to worry and fret about those very things.

Imagine that you were on a ship on the ocean and you decided to drop something overboard. How easy would it be for you to dive in to retrieve it again? It would be impossible!

It’s time to begin treating those things that worry us in the same way. When you, by faith, leave something at the feet of the Savior, don’t pick it up again. God doesn’t need your help to solve your problems – He’s had the answer all along. He just wanted you to leave it with Him!

How great is His love for us!