“…casting all your anxieties on Him because He cares for you.” ~1 Peter 5:7
I love this verse and the song, “Cast My Cares” by Tim Timmons. Let’s look at a few of his lyrics and then, together, we will dig into the implications these truths have in our lives.
In the middle of the night when worry finds me
In the middle of the fight when strength is gone
In the middle of a fire when fear is closing in
You are, You are my song
You’re my hope when hope is gone
I will cast my cares on You for You’re mighty
I will cast my cares on You cause You’re good
I will cast my cares on You cause You love me
God of glory, You are able, through your power, to be faithful
God of mercy, every moment, You are near to me
Casting our anxieties on God should be a no-brainer for the believer. Why? Because we know that He cares for us. If He cares for us, and He is the God of the universe, then as Jeremiah 32:17 says, “Ah, Lord God! It is you who have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm! Nothing is too hard for you.” Believing this is true, we have no need to ever worry about a thing. Right?
If you’re like me, that’s not always so easy. Though I know that emotionally giving my anxieties to God is a difficult thing to do, I know logically, it should be simple. Why do I want to hold onto the things that cause me worry and stress when, clearly, God has asked me to give them to Him?
Like Paul (see Romans 7:15), I don’t do the things I want to do and I do the things I don’t want to do. When I struggle in an area of my faith in this way, I go back to search the Scriptures to see what I am missing. I believe God has given us everything we need in His word to accomplish anything He has set before us to do. So, let’s really look at what Scripture tells us about casting our cares via the beautiful lyrics to this song.
When we are worried, when our strength is gone, and fear is closing in, is He our song? Is He our hope because He is mighty and good and because He loves us? Do we remember that He is powerful and faithful? That He is the God of mercy in every moment? Have we forgotten that He is always near to us? That, in fact, He dwells in us?
“The Lord is my strength and my song…” ~Exodus 15:2
“For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from Him.” ~Psalm 62:5
“The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save…” ~Zephaniah 3:17
“The hand of our God is for good on all who seek him…” ~Ezra 8:22
“In this is love, not that we loved God but that He loved us and sent his Son…” ~1 John 4:10
“In Your hand are power and might…” ~1 Chronicles 29:12
“…Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.” ~Psalm 108:4
“… He is gracious and merciful…” ~ Joel 2:13
“Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.” ~James 4:8
“…that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith…” ~Ephesians 3:17
“…I will never leave you nor forsake you.” ~ Hebrews 13:5
The Bible speaks in several places about meditating on the word of God. I believe this is because we can read the word of God and not be very impacted by it if we do not let the word dwell in us richly and if we do not meditate on it. To meditate on the word of God means that we not only read it several times, but we mull it over in our minds, we pray about it, and we become so acquainted with it that it becomes a part of us. If we have trouble casting our anxieties on God, I would wonder if it is because we don’t really believe that He is ABLE. We don’t really believe that He IS. Friends, if you struggle in this area, would you commit to chew on these verses until their truths become the first thing that enters your mind when the sky is falling, rather that the fear, stress, or anxiety that we are so intimate with? Would you consider for a moment that we need to know our God and His nature better so that our first resort is to go to Him in prayer, not after we have exhausted all other measures?
So in the middle of the night, I’ll pray with confidence
In the middle of the fight, You’re greater still
In the middle of a fire, your love is holding me (lyrics by Tim Timmons)
Dear Heavenly Father, Oh that You would make these truths come alive in our hearts so that we wouldn’t first panic and then pray. Help us to know You by not just reading Your word, but by allowing it to become such a part of us that our thoughts are changed. Help us to cast all of our anxieties on You because we really, really know that You care for us. Thank you that You love us more than we can comprehend and that You sent Your only Son so that we can come to You in prayer. In the precious name of Jesus we pray. Amen.
*All Scripture references are from the English Standard Version
Tim Timmons is battling incurable cancer. Knowing that, read his lyrics again and consider them in light of what you just read. He truly inspires me! I hope he does the same for you. His wonderful album can be purchased here. Check out these other wonderful reminders for your home or office here, here, and here.
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What do you think? How have you learned to cast your cares on Him?