“Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7 NIV)
Cast all your anxieties on Him…
When I first looked at the word “cast,” I thought of fishing. Taking your fishing pole and casting your line with hook and bait into the water. But the Greek word used here, “epiripto,” actually means “to throw upon.”
When you throw something – a baseball to the batter, an empty bottle in the trash – you move it towards its destination by sending it forth, getting rid of it, letting it go.
God wants you to take all your anxiety – all your worry, doubt, and fear – and let it go, throwing it on Him.
Let it go – not keeping it attached to a fishing line, pulling it back towards you, and picking it back up again.
Throw it, fling it, heave it.
Directly ON Him – Not toward. Not past. Not around. But ON Him – physically in contact with Him.
Do not be afraid, for He is already familiar with your burden. He supported its massive weight as He hung on the cross. Was marked and scarred by it, from the thorny crown on His head to His nail scarred hands and feet.
Let it go. He takes it on.
Even then, loving you. Now, loving you. Forever, loving you.
…Because He cares for you.
“Cast your burden on the LORD, and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken… I will trust in You.” (Psalm 55:22, 23b, HCSB)