There once was a fisherman who never caught any fish. He would cast his pole out into the deep of seas and every time a fish was about to bite he would yank his pole out of the water. Days turned into weeks and weeks turned into months- yet he never could catch any fish. Well that’s not very smart of him, now is it? If he could just learn to leave his pole in the water long enough for the fish to bite!
But isn’t that what we do every time we cast our cares on the Lord and just as He’s about to take them from us, we go and take them right back? “Here’s all my worries and fears Lord… okay, wait, let me try to figure this out, let me handle this.” I just imagine Him about to take our burdens from us and we yank them right back. “Never mind Lord, I’ve got this.” When we cast our cares on Him, shouldn’t we trust Him enough to take them?
Psalm 55:22- Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you;
he will never let the righteous be shaken.
The definition of cast: To throw off or away. We are to ‘cast’ our cares on the Lord, which means to throw off our worries onto the Lord. The next part of the scripture says that if we do this, the Lord will sustain us. Sustain means strengthen or support physically or mentally. So if we throw our worries (cast) on to the Lord He will strengthen (sustain) us. He will give us exactly what we need while He is handling our problems.
Lord, help us to not be like the foolish fisherman in the story. Help us to remember that when we cast our cares on you, that you are more than able to handle them. Help us learn how to stop trying to handle all of our problems in our own strength. Today Lord, as I give you my worries and fears, I will trust you to not only handle them, but to strengthen me through this process. Thank you that no matter what I go through, you will not allow me to be shaken. Amen!