I was struggling with something recently and I could not figure out how to deal with the situation, or rather make a decision. As I went throughout my day thinking about it, I became more disturbed by how much the situation was consuming my thoughts. I encourage others to cast their cares on the Lord because He cares for them as stated in 1 Peter 5:7, yet there I was struggling…burdened…weighed down…by my thoughts. I then redirected my thoughts from what was bothering me originally to really focusing on the bigger issue; The stress that I was carrying was evidence that I was not casting my cares on the Lord. I am so grateful that God revealed that to me. I immediately started praying about it and later, on my woman’s bible study meeting, I asked the ladies to pray for me also. I prayed that I would remember to give God my troubles and know that once its in His hands I can rest. I believe the Word of God, and I believe that God wants us to experience everything that He promised us. He promised us peace, stability, strength, victory and much more in Him.
We must practice casting our cares on God. Think about the thing that is weighing you down right now and ask yourself, “Am I trusting God to handle this concern?” Really think about it! I say it takes practice because I’ve been told in the past to cast my cares on God and my response was, “Well I trust God but I still need to do something and I have to figure out what to do!” I pretty much decided that I would trust or cast my cares on God, after I figured out what to do lol. Here is what I realize; I must trust God to guide me in what to do. I must trust God’s timing and know that its ok if I don’t have the answer today, but I know that I will have the answer. I must trust God that if I am at the deadline, prayed about it and made a decision, that all things will work out for my good so I will be ok one way or another. I realized that I had to practice trusting God in every area of my life, not just when I have a big issue. As with most things, like dieting for example, it takes time before doing something healthy (i.e. exercising) when we are stressed becomes our first choice – Generally we are reaching for the sweets to cope or binging on our tv shows all day etc. As we begin to commune with God throughout our day seeking Him and resting in Him, even in our decisions that we consider small, we will remember that He is the same God that handles our big concerns also.
God is with us always, and our circumstances, concerns, decisions, fears etc. are not difficult for God. We need to remember that we play a role in accessing His peace. We must believe that He is Lord of our lives and trust that His Word is true. Give it to Jesus, He cares for you!