September 15, 2017

1 Peter 5:7 (NLT) — 7 Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.

I first memorized this verse years ago out to of the King James Version which reads like this:

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

Here is how Pastor Robert J. Morgan squeezed this verse using the King James Version:

• Cast. This word means “to throw, to remove something from one place to another.” Where is your concern right now? Where is your worry? When you cast it on Him, you’re removing it from your own heart and tossing it onto His. The Greek word used here only occurs one other time in the New Testament, in the story of the triumphal entry. Our Lord’s disciples took their cloaks and threw them on the donkey as a saddle for the Lord Jesus.

• All. I’ll never forget the night when, deeply worried, I saw this word “all.” It struck me like an anvil. There are no exemptions, exceptions, or exclusions.

• Your. This is personal, for you. It means the unique set of circumstances that is troubling you at this moment.

• Cares. The Greek word means “worries and anxieties.” This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t have healthy concern about things or give them prayerful thought. This is talking about the unhealthy, crippling, dysfunctional anxiety that can tear us down like a building being demolished.

• On Him. “Him” is God. We’re to humble ourselves before Him, saying, “Lord, I have a problem I can’t handle, but You can. I’m leaning on Your grace” (see vv. 5–6).

• Because He cares about you: This is the declaration on which the command is given. The command is that we cast our cares on Him. The basis of it is this; God really does care for us.

How Do We CAST?

• C = Commit yourself and your situation into the Lord’s hands. He is our all in all. He is all sufficient for all needs and in all circumstances. All our burdens were nailed to His cross, and all our cares disappeared into the mouth of His vacant tomb.

• A = Ask God for His wisdom, strength, and guidance. Learn to make things a matter of prayer instead of a bird’s nest of anxious care.

• S = Surrender your situation to God’s will. Give Him permission to resolve it whenever and however seems best to Him, according to His wisdom.

• T = Trust Him. Begin acting as if all these things were going to work together for good. Adopt an attitude of hope and rest in the assurance that He reigns.

What Pastor Morgan said about Cares is really well put. In fact I thought he squeezed this verse well. I hope this helps in your Casting or Giving as the NLT translates. Whatever word you use just make sure that you do it:)

Be Inspired Hilltop!

 

 

 

Comments

  1. Mary Anne Frank says:

    I really appreciated Pastor Morgan’s squeezing of this verse. It helps me to look at the Greek meanings of words. Sometimes the direct meanings can give me a better picture of what God is speaking to me. I have an app on my phone called the Blue Letter Bible. It is easy to use and I can look up verses and see the meaning in the Greek or Hebrew. The picture of the word cast has much more depth than our English word cast. Thank you for this post Pastor Dan.