Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.
What keeps you awake at night? What burden lingers like a familiar song that won’t stop playing in your mind? Is there anything you can do to stop that worrisome problem from bugging you all day long?
Psalm 55:22 is one of those wonderful Biblical verses that is difficult to put into practice. If only getting relief from our burdens was as easy as casting a fishing line into the water.
Have you ever attempted to encourage someone who was hurting from a personal conflict? You may have said something like, “Just trust the Lord. He’ll take care of you.” Then came the woeful response. “If only it were that easy.”
God’s promises lift our hearts and give us hope. But every single one of them require faith. The kind that moves mountains. Let’s revisit Matthew 17:20. Jesus said,
“Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
Faith “as small as a mustard seed” moves mountains. Not super faith. Not faith like that of the Apostle Paul or some big-name preacher. Just a little faith that willingly believes God’s promises.
Back in the day, in my youth group at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Strasburg, Rev. George Smith led us in a trust exercise. That’s the drill where a friend stands behind you, and you fall backward into their arms. You TRUST them to keep you from falling. I can’t recall any serious injuries that day. But we did learn that it takes courage to put your well-being in the hands of someone else. There was also the bonus of relief and excitement when TRUST accomplished its goal.
Casting your cares is a picture of faith and trust. In Biblical times they cast nets. Not a bad idea. You catch more that way.
But what if nothing happens? What if the problem gets worse instead of better?
One of my favorite Bible stories is found in Luke 5:4-11. Jesus calls upon Simon to cast his nets, but Simon objects since he’d already been fishing all night and had caught nothing. He was tired and as a professional fisherman he knew there was nothing to catch. But at Jesus urging, He cast his nets anyway. The haul was so great — the nets broke.
Faith may require you to cast your net again and again. Give Him all your cares, concerns, and burdens.
Our focus text promises, “He will sustain you.” Sustain means to strengthen or support physically or mentally. That problem your facing may not go away immediately. In fact, it may not go away at all. However, you are promised the undergirding strength of the Lord. Remember what Paul said? “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13)
But you say, “You don’t know what I’m going through. I just can’t handle it.”
Consider the final words of our focus text. “He will never let the righteous be shaken.” With His strength you can stand. You can go on.
Life’s tragedies and troubles can bring you to your knees. While you’re there, cast your cares on the Lord. Keep on casting and trusting His promises. And remember: He “is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.” (Ephesians 3:20)
Yes, the Lord’s power is at work in you. Cast your cares on Him and trust that power to accomplish more than you can imagine.
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Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 4 (October – December) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.