“Casting all your care upon Him” (1 Peter 5:7).
Care—how heavy is this little word of four letters! Everybody is more or less affected by it. Yes, it rests upon the heads of the rulers, the employers and employees, the teachers and students, the fathers the mothers; no class is free from it. How shall we escape care? The answer lies in the discovery that there is a Being all-powerful, wise, and loving who makes those who trust Him the objects of His care. Over against the human cry, “Does God care?” let us put the divine answer: “Casting all your cares upon Him; for He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:6,7). Do you know the One who says this?
In the same epistle there is a verse that precedes the one we are considering, and must also precede it in our own experience. It is found in the third chapter of Peter’s first epistle, verse 18: “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God.” This deals with the sin question, which must be dealt with before the care question. But the question of care is not overlooked, for what we are invited to do when we are brought to God is to cast all our care upon Him. He does not even say, “cast your care away,” but invites you to cast it upon Him. If God has laid your sins upon Christ, you may lay all your care upon God.
And the reason is given why we may: “For He careth for you.” Oh, that we may look up and say, “He careth for me”!
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