“Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”
This verse is a quote from Psalm 55:22.
First Peter 5:7 is one of the most popular verses in the Bible, yet we often take this verse out of its context. Note that the word “casting” is a participle making it dependent upon the previous statement in verse six. “Casting” is not a command but the means of how we humble ourselves (1 Pe 5:6). We humble ourselves by casting our anxieties on God. God’s care comes when we humble ourselves and depend on His grace.
“Casting” means to throw upon and thus to deposit with. Secular Greek used “casting” for a man who carried a heavy burden and threw it upon a camel’s back. “Casting” carries the idea of throw or to roll upon. God wants us to roll our burdens upon Him. God wants us to have a target to which we direct our anxiety. That target is God Himself.
The New Testament uses “casting” only two times, here and Luke 19:35:
“Then they brought him to Jesus. And they threw their own clothes on the colt, and they set Jesus on him.”
We cannot separate God’s care from His sovereign plan for us. God’s plan for Asia Minor Christians was suffering. They needed to humble themselves to God’s plan for that suffering and His grace to provide for them in suffering.
We are humble when we depend on God’s grace for our lives.
God does not design the situations of our lives to break us but to make us. We are to move from trusting our own resources and strategies for life to rest in God and His provisions. God is willing and able to carry the heaviest burden for us.
Stop, take a breath, and relax in God’s grace when you are under pressure from worry.
“Blessed be the Lord,
Who daily loads us with benefits,
The God of our salvation! Selah” (Psalm 68:19).