Sweet Relief

Michael Beck

“Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” (1 Peter 5:7)

How weighed down we can become with a care. Our heart becomes heavy as we worry about someone or something. We have no peace as long as the situation is “up in the air.” Should we just “forget about it,” pretend it doesn’t exist, rebuke it into oblivion? Or should we “hug our pain,” and let it drive us into a depression?

When the Lord tells us to cast all our care upon Him, He is not expecting us to no longer be aware of a troubling situation. He is wanting us to enlist Him in finding a solution. When we have reached a point where we are at our wit’s end, He stands ready to undertake for us. There must be a definite point where the load of care we are carrying must be cast off of our heart and cast into His hands. When we have called upon Him to deal with the situation as He sees best we must believe that He is now responsible for the outcome. How He works is up to Him. He may let things get worse before they get better. Someone may need to eat the fruit of their own way before they can “come to their senses.” It may get darker before the dawn. But whatever is happening, it is all in the Lord’s hands, because that is where we have put it and that is where we are keeping it.

We become so burdened and troubled because we care. We want good for those we love. We don’t want them to experience bad. We care so deeply about them. Unless we believe that God cares even more, we will not transfer our cares to Him. But our worrying won’t do us or them any good. On the contrary, it will drive us to foolish actions in order to save them.

We must have the peace of God guarding our hearts and minds in order to wait patiently on the Lord. When we pray we must entrust all things into the hands of a good God who we know cares for us and all our concerns. We must believe that He is able to do a much better job than we can ever do at solving any problem.

Get the load off your back. Put it on God’s shoulders. Find some sweet relief.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.