What Does it Mean to “Cast”?

May 28, 2020

6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you at the proper time, 7 casting all your cares on him, because he cares about you.

1 Peter 5:6-7

Written by Mel Tunney from the Woodbine Campus

My husband and I have a spacious backyard. The back deck on our house faces west, and much of the year we enjoy beautiful sunsets. When our kids and grandkids come to visit, one of our favorite places to be is outside, watching the little ones run down our big hill, playing cornhole, flying kites, or throwing the softball with the two gloves we picked up at Goodwill.

Now hold that thought.

Our scripture today includes this phrase—casting all your cares on Him because He cares for you. I looked up the word “cast,” and here’s what Webster’s tells us: to cause to move or send forth by throwing, to get rid of and throw away. In the Greek, the word Paul uses is epiripsantes, which means to cast, or throw upon. Paul is instructing us to cast our cares—let go of them, throw them— upon the Lord.

What are our cares? Again, the Greek word describes them as anxieties, worries, and concerns. Do you have any of those? Notice that Paul entreats us to cast all of them on the Lord. Not some, but every single care or concern or worry that comes into our minds and hearts.

Now, back to our game of softball in the backyard. When I am throwing the ball to one of our little guys or gals, I have to release it. I have to let it go. I’m playing “catch” the ball, not “hold on to the ball” with them. I must take the ball, point it in the right direction and throw it to my sweet grandchild. And at that point, I have no more control. In order to throw the ball, I must let go. And as I let go, I trust that the ball will end up where I want it to.

In the same way, I must learn to throw, or cast, my cares on the Lord. I let go! I trust that God will take those cares. Then, whether my problems are completely solved or not, I can walk in a place of peace and security (Philippians 4:6-7).

Questions to Ask Yourself

  1. What worries are you carrying today? What’s the first thing that comes to your mind? Let go, throw it away, and cast it on the Lord. Stop right now and ask God to take your burdens and give you rest (Matthew 11:28-29).
  2. Why does God ask us to cast our cares on Him? Because He cares for us (Nahum 1:7). He loves us (1 John 3:1). He delights in us (Psalm 18:19). Take a moment and read these passages to know how much you are loved. Thank the Lord for His love, and ask Him to help you trust Him more in light of His love for you.
  3. There are several Psalms of Lament that show us how we are to voice our complaints, be honest with the Lord, and then let go and trust Him. Study Psalm 13, Psalm 85, and Psalm 90.

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