In the Father’s Care

Author: Beverly Hahn
 
Casting all your care upon Him, for He careth for you.” I Peter 5:7
 
This is one of my favorite verses, although I think sometimes it’s misunderstood. Do you notice care is singular? It’s a great concept to cast our cares (plural) upon Him, of course. But I think God means for us to cast all our care, His taking care of us, on Him. In other words, to trust Him completely in caring for us, as a shepherd would his sheep. Or even better, a father taking care of his beloved child.
 
My daughter never had to ask for food or shelter from her mother. It was a care she knew was always the responsibility of her parent. I don’t believe she ever even thought about it. She never once had to say, “Oh my goodness, it’s the first of the month! I wonder if mom made the mortgage payment. Mom! I’m casting this care on you!” It wasn’t an individual care or worry she cast on me every month. She just knew her care was in my hands. As my child, she trusted me unconsciously. The word careth in the verse means to concern or be of interest. To me, this means I’m His concern. I can rest and just believe He’s the one taking care of me.
 
The verse before it says to “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time.” To trust Him completely is humbling. It means knowing your need for Him. He’ll exalt, or lift you up, in due time. It’s humbling to say, “It’s ALL up to You, Father. I take my hands off from my life. I know You can take care of me better than I can care for myself. I relinquish all control.” More than the electric bill, or food requests, or the mortgage, singularly to say, “You do a better job of taking care of me than I do.”
 
Personally, I like to control my life. Only when I think things are OUT of control (we don’t have money for the mortgage, for example), do I cry out, “Lord, I cast this care on you!” Then I hold on to the rest. If it’s not out of control, that particular care I hang on to and handle myself. I noticed this once when we had enough money to pay for everything. Suddenly it came to me, I wasn’t trusting the Lord with my care. It was like, “Thanks Lord, but my husband’s check covered everything.”
 
To truly cast my care on Him, means trusting Him even when I have enough money, don’t have pain, or seem in control of my emotions. Control. That’s what it all boils down to. Who really cares for me? Whom do I really trust every hour of every day? When it is God, then when it all goes to pot, and it does for everyone from time to time, I don’t have to be anxious or worried. I know it’s handled. Truly, it’s not MY problem or care anymore. I’ve already cast my care on Him. He’s caring for me.

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