Cast your burden on the LORD, And He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved. [Psalms 55:22 NKJV]
I am guilty of not always doing this. Just being honest. In my head I know that to cast my burdens on the Lord is the right thing to do but for some reason I just don’t.
If I’m brutally honest it’s because I like to be in control. I like to think that I can sort it out. The consequences of this way of thinking – ‘I’ am getting in the way of God’s best for me.
To ‘cast’ means to throw or hurl, to set aside, discard or reject. In reality to throw something requires letting go of the object you desire to throw. Otherwise it’s just holding on. To set something aside is a deliberate act on our behalf. A choice to put down one thing so it can be replaced by another.
The Apostle spoke about it like this in Ephesians 4. Put off, renew, put on. Put off old habits, emotions and practices, be renewed in your mind, put on new habits, practices and emotions. Capture everything and bring in line with the word of God.
I choose to put off the thoughts that my finances will never be enough. I renew my mind by the Word that tells me that God is my sufficiency, that He can meet all my needs according to His riches in Christ Jesus.
I choose to set aside the thoughts that my future is whatever it will be. I renew my mind by the Word that tells me God has a plan and a future for me, that He who has begun a good work in me will bring it to completion.
I choose to reject the thoughts that I will never get well. I renew my mind by the Word which tells me that by His stripes I am healed.
And here’s the bonus: when I choose to cast ALL MY BURDENS on the Lord, He sustains me, He makes me be unmovable. What an incredible exchange this is. I give burdens to God which means I don’t have to waste my energy. I give burdens to God which means I don’t have to run around anymore. My energy on my troubles for Gods energy on my troubles. My rushing about on my troubles for Gods ability to make me secure and steadfast.
Thank you God for being willing to do this for me. Help me every day to cast my burdens on You.