Cast Your Cares…

“Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall. But you, O God, will bring down the wicked into the pit of corruption; bloodthirsty and deceitful men will not live out half their days. But as for me, I trust in you.”Psalm 55:22-23

There are two sides to this passage – the sustaining power of God's faithfulness to the righteous, and the curse that falls on the wicked. Today, I want to concentrate on the first part.

“Cast your cares on the Lord” – how easy it is to say these words, but how hard it is to do them! Every day seems to bring some sort of trouble or trial for each of us. How do we deal with it? These verses guarantee that we will not fall from God's grace and attention if we will simply involve Him with our burdens and give them over to Him. For me, most of the time, that is easier said than done. I tend to be a “fixer” – someone who tries to take control of broken things and make them right using my own methods. Such an attitude is self-reliant, but not God-reliant. The truth is, these methods may sometimes work, but it is not necessarily what God wants. “God helps those who help themselves” is not actually found in Scripture – it is a man-made aphorism. What God wants is for us to know that we can always look to Him for justice, mercy and help, and that He knows exactly when and how to provide our needs. Is that any different than an earthly father who trains up a child to know right from wrong, but still wants to be there to help, even after the child is grown?


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