Cast Your Care Upon The Lord

1 Peter 5:7 (Amplified Bible)
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.

Jesus told us that in this world that we would experience tribulation, trials, distress and frustration (John 16:33 Amp), but to be of good cheer because He has overcome the world. When we are surrounded with these troubles, 1 Peter 5:7 is clear on how we should respond to them: cast it over to God, all of it, once and for all. That means don’t say some empty prayer and start worrying as soon as you say “amen.” God cares for us in a watchful and affectionate manner. He wants us to place our trust in Him at all times.

Don’t wait until God delivers you before you give Him praise. Begin to praise Him in the tribulation. Put on the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness (Isaiah 61:3). Praise is about more than getting an “emotional buzz” when the praise team cranks it up a notch. Praise reflects our consecration to God… our absolute dependence upon Him. Don’t be like the Israelites who waited until God delivered them before they began to praise Him.

Psalm 106
10 He saved them from the hand of him who hated them,
And redeemed them from the hand of the enemy.
11 The waters covered their enemies;
There was not one of them left.
12 Then they believed His words;
They sang His praise.
13 They soon forgot His works;
They did not wait for His counsel,
14 But lusted exceedingly in the wilderness,
And tested God in the desert.
15 And He gave them their request,
But sent leanness into their soul.

Notice that it was after God delivered them that they began to praise Him. They were singing the right song but on the wrong side. They should have been praising Him on the other side of the Red Sea when they Egyptian army was bearing down on them and the situation looked impossible. Because they didn’t, their heart condition worsened to the point where they soon forgot all that God did for them. The Hebrew word for “forgot” is shakach (shaw-kakh’), which means to “become oblivious to.” Wow! God’s people became oblivious to God shortly after He delivered them from bondage. He still answered their prayers, but leanness was sent into their souls.

Whatever giant you are facing at this time in your life, know this, if God be for you then who can be against you (Romans 8:31). Stop what you are doing and begin to praise Him and cast the whole of your care upon Him – once and for all. And keep praising Him! Deliverance is on the way.

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