The creation of man and woman was God’s greatest work. By His own admission. When God spoke the creation of day and night, seas and dry land, vegetation, fish, and animals – after He saw each of them He said: “It was good.”
The human body is spectacular. God thought of everything we would need to sustain our life.
A blood filtering system, oxygen system, ventilation, built-in GPS, digestive system, eyes and ears, and a broadcasting system to declare the Word of God and to create with our words.
But one glaring omission to His creation was a mechanism to handle stress.
Did this get overlooked in His vast detailed plan of creation?
According to the American Psychological Association, chronic stress is linked to the six leading causes of death: heart disease, cancer, lung ailments, accidents, cirrhosis of the liver and suicide. And more than 75 percent of all physician office visits are for stress-related ailments and complaints.
God didn’t create our bodies to handle stress for one reason. He planned to take care of the stress for us.
But He did create us with a choice.
Choice #1 – We can decide to give Him our stress and worry – or go it alone and try to handle things on our own,
He calls this pride.
Choice #2 – We can do what He planned for all along, that we would cast our cares on Him because He cares for us.
Rather than a stress-handling mechanism, He created us with a “casting mechanism.”
I Peter 5:7 in the Amplified translation says:
“Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.”
Casting cares takes trust. And humility. But that ’s the point. God wants you to trust His heart toward you. He wants you to know He loves you. That He will take care of what concerns you.
In 2 Kings 4:8-37 there is a story about a woman who had a heart after God. She had blessed Elisha the prophet, building a guest room onto her house to give him a place to stay when he came to town to preach. She was barren, so God gave her a son. But one day the young boy died a tragic death. She had a life and death concern for sure! But what she did next is a powerful lesson to us. She picked up the boy and laid him on the prophet’s bed and shut the door. (This is a picture of us taking our cares to Jesus.)
Then she got on her donkey and went to get the prophet. All along the way if someone asked her how she was, she said, “all is well.” She never spoke of death, she didn’t put words to it. She would not accept it.
Instead, she spoke life, “all is well.” Her faith in God gave her a different perspective on her problem. She wasn’t denying the facts, she just lived in the reality that God can change the facts. He brings life to dead situations.
Elisha came to the woman’s home and raised her boy from the dead because this woman had shut the door on grief and death. She cast her care on the Lord then shut the door. She left her son in God’s hands.
Are you facing a stressful situation today that you have no idea how to fix? A worry that keeps you awake at night?
It could be a “life and death” health challenge too. It could be a frightening challenge with a child, or maybe the loss of a job. Whatever it is, when you cast the care of it on the Lord then you give Him permission to bring life to your dead situation.
Stress and worry never solve the problem. It only adds to the problem. It will make you sick. As long as you try to handle it yourself, God will let you. But cast the care on Him and see Him work a miracle for you.
Follow this instruction instead:
Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding,will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Shut the door on your cares and stand in faith for a restoration of abundant life!
Please leave a comment below. Are you casting your cares on Him? Let me know how I can pray for you.