How to Cast Your Cares on God

The Bible is replete with stories of great men and women who, in their most difficult times, turned to God for help and those who refused to do so. Just like in Bible days, certain occurrences do not stop happening and this has birthed the question in many believers - How do I cast my cares on God?

“And there was a famine in the land: and Abram went down into Egypt to sojourn there; for the famine was grievous in the land.” - Gen. 12:10

“Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an hundredfold: and the Lord blessed him. And the man waxed great, and went forward, and grew until he became very great” - Gen. 26:12-13

For the second Bible verse up there, it was the year of famine, yet, God told Isaac to stay. For Abram, the response was different - He was allowed to move to a better land. The baseline of obedience for both men was that they trusted that God knew what was best for them. 

In society today, there is a famine-like economy, a famine-like culture, and a famine-like value system all raging to swallow the believer. Yet, we must realise that every individual has their modus operandi with God and for their success. What then must be our response? 

1. Imbibe the consciousness that trust is our response to famine

No matter what happens, the believer must realise that trust should be their go-to response to famine. Not trust in the system, trust in the government or trust in a political candidate but trust in God.

God is able to take care of all that you need for a beautiful life. For the Christian, situations like famine, sickness, poverty or hunger should not move you because God can make the ravens feed you. This means that regardless of how tight the economy might be, God is able to make the loins of kings loosen unto you. 

Studies have shown that ravens are stingy and very greedy types of birds, yet Elijah was fed by them (1 Kings 17:2-6). For you, this should help you understand that if it will take the person who hates you the most to give to you, it will come. For the believer who is a student, if it means that the most wicked teacher will give you the highest grade possible, then, it must happen.

In your consciousness of trust in God, the believer must also take note that not everybody has the same response to the same problem. Just like Abram and Isaac, Abram went to a strange land to sojourn in the time of famine, yet, he prospered but for Issac, the same did not work for him. He was required to stay. Likewise for the believer, learn to know what God will have you do per time and don't follow the crowd in your actions. 

Just because everyone is leaving a job for a particular one does not mean you have to do the same, because everyone is praying to get a placement at a particular state does not mean you have to do the same, because people are leaving a country to reside somewhere else does not mean you do the same and of course, for someone who God has told to move, don't despise others who are staying. Our response to famine is to trust God not to copy others.

2. Make sacrifice your lifestyle 

Casting all your cares on Him requires learning how to let go of everything - your money, your time and resources included. Trust is the basis for this ability to let go, so trust that God's word is true; let God be true and let every other person, other emotions, and other thoughts be the lies.

“Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.” - Psalm 55:22

When you place all of your concerns on God, you cannot be shaken and when the Bible says the Lord will sustain you, it means He really will do so and the sustenance of the Lord is not a one-time subscription. It is for life!

Imagine a scenario where you don't have to worry about a single thing for the rest of your life - that is what sacrifice does to you.

Christ loved you and gave Himself for you so you can be sure that if you give yourself as a sacrifice to Him, withholding nothing, you will reap much more than you can ever imagine. Know fully well that no matter how big your giving might be to you, you can never out-give God. 

3. Pray

Don't fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns.” - Philippians 4:6 (MSG)

Prayer is the way for the believer to get supernatural help. When you're overwhelmed and it seems like everything is about to sink you in, remember your response - to trust which then propels you to pray. You can't pray when you can not trust so, no matter what happens to you, keep your trust in God and His promises to you intact. Pray till the emotions of victory and peace settle in your heart, finish up every situation in prayers and do not grumble. 

Get to the end of that situation in prayers and place God right there - For instance, what happens if you fail that exam? What happens if you pass that exam? At the end of both responses, place God right there and you'll see that it does not bother you anymore.

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