As a Christian, I love learning more and more about God. Sometimes it feels as if my soul could hold all the knowledge in the world about God and his loving ways. I’m pretty sure I couldn’t actually handle all that truth, my heart does in fact yearn for more of God – more of his word, more of his presence. When God plants a seed for thought on my mind I can’t help but mull it over and over in my head. I believe the mulling must stem from excitement and that is most likely why I meditate so deeply on the tiniest thought. These thoughts that I call, glorious thoughts, can appear while reading my Bible, when driving down the road, while listening to sermons, or listening to worship songs. Whichever means these thoughts originate from, I know they are from God and should not be kept tucked deep inside my tiny brain. I truly believe they are to be shared with others. This is why I have decided to pursue “faith writing”. This is my first blog article.
As I stated before, there are many ways in which God plants thoughts on my mind. The most recent came from a sermon I was listening to online. This particular preacher was on fire. I’m talking Holy Ghost chills and shouts. He began by quoting 1 Peter 5:7, “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” He then began to illustrate how we should act when we truly cast our burdens and cares on the Lord. His illustration was one I had never quite seen before. He proceeded to flop his arms and run and shout that his “burdens had been cast.” That, he said, was what it meant to really “cast your burdens.” To some, this man may have looked pretty silly, but I know exactly how it feels when God takes over a problem you can’t do anything about. Trust me. There have been times I felt like doing the “casting dance” he had just performed. Nevertheless, I will restrain myself right now and get back to my thought.
After seeing his display of praise over casting something to God, my mind started turning. (Uh oh.) ‘Casting’, I thought, ‘is really not like giving’. So we don’t need to give our problems to God, we need to cast them. Look at the definitions of each.
The dictionary states that Giving means “to hand to someone” or “to place in someone’s care”. It also means “to present voluntarily without expecting compensation.” Let me clearly state, that when I need for God to handle a problem for me, I’m sure not expecting anything back. It’s his and can stay his. However, I also don’t want to just hand it to him. “Here, Lord, see what you can do with this.” I most certainly don’t want to just place it in his care. Again, that only sounds to be temporary and I want nothing else to do with the problem.
Then, there is the meaning of Cast, which is “to throw or hurl; fling”, “to throw off or away”, “to cause to fall upon something or in a certain direction; send forth.” Now, that’s more like it. That’s is how I want turn over my cares to the Lord. I want to fling them off of me and onto him. I want to throw them out of my sight. I want to send them forth in his direction. I want to do the “casting dance”, knowing everything will be okay because God has it all under control. I don’t know about you, but the burdens of this life can sure bring me down. There are times it’s hard to even consider facing another day of hardships and worries. But remember, we don’t have to. God has never intended us to live that way.
Let us look at a few scriptures in the Bible about casting.
Revelations 12:9 says, “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.”
Here we see the devil being cast out from Heaven. Why? The angel went crazy. (And yes, he was and is an angel. Just not a good one.) Satan was filled with envy and pride. He started thinking he was better than God. Therefore, God cast him out. He had to say, “Bye-bye” to all the splendor in Heaven. So when he was cast out, he lost everything and is now awaiting his new home in hell-fire. See, why I call him crazy?
Next, look at Matthew 18:9, “And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire.”
This scripture is revealing to us how dangerous sin in our lives can be. In fact, this scripture warns that if we sin with one of our eyes, pluck it out and cast it from ourselves. Now God isn’t saying to literally do this to ourselves, however, he does want us to take this scripture seriously. More importantly, he wants us to take sin seriously. Sin we allow to remain in our lives can send us to a new home as well. If we don’t cast our sin, we will be cast into hell-fire, just as Satan.
Ecclesiastes 3:6 states there is a, “time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away.”
So there is a time for casting these such burdens. “Well”, you ask, “when is the right time?” When the problem first shows its evil head. Why in earth would anyone hold onto something they can do nothing about when there is someone waiting to take it from you and fix it? (Okay. I must confess I was totaling speaking of myself right there. But surely someone else can relate. Right? Anyone?) Let’s face it and confess it. We all try to figure things out on our own until we either make a huge mess or just get to the pint we can’t bare to face it another day. Oh, but why? God is waiting for you to cast it to him.
Matthew 11:28-30 plainly tells us, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
He is waiting. You don’t have to do anything on your own. Let God take over at the first signs of the problem. That is the “time to cast away”.
Lastly I want to look at Psalms 55:22 which says, “Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.”
Do it. Cast your burden on JESUS. Don’t give it to him as if you are only watching to see if he can handle it. Trust me, he can. Rather “cast” it to him and on him. Do you know what will happen then? The burden will then be taken from your mind, your shoulders, and your life. You, then, can replace it with peace knowing everything will be okay.
My thought of the week :‘Giving is better than receiving and casting is better than keeping.’
Have a GLORIOUS Day!
Leslie AnnArticle One 3/10/17