Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. – 1 Peter 5:6-7
We like this verse. Well, the second part. We don’t usually connect it with the first part, even though it’s one sentence.
But we like to talk about casting all our cares upon God. But in practice, I think we get our definition of “cast” mixed up. We like to do it as though we’re going fishing. We stick our problem on a hook and cast it as far up into heaven as possible. But the thing is, we’re still attached. As soon as we’re done talking to God about it, we reel it back in – and the problem is right there on the hook where we left it, and we are the one fussing over it again.
I’m pretty sure that’s not what God had in mind. We’re supposed to be casting as though we’re throwing a ball. A ball doesn’t come back on its own, and we don’t have a string with which to tug it back to us. Unless you have a really strange ball.
But if we’ve humbled ourselves under God’s hand, we believe that he is greater than us, so he ought to be better equipped to handle our problems. Therefore, it makes sense to let him handle them instead of worrying about them ourselves.
It’s a lot easier said than done, I know. But next time you’re casting you’re anxieties on God, try not to go fishing.