Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Sometimes You Just Need to Hurl!

"Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you." (1 Peter 5:7).

Yesterday we learned that we are to "humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God." Today, I want to show you the secret of exactly how to do it. Today's verse is filled with decisive action. We are specifically told to do something....something very important. "Cast all your cares upon Him," the Aposte writes.

The word he uses literally means "to be continually casting." This is not a one time thing; no, we are to make it the habit of our daily lives. And the root meaning is beautifuly excessive; it goes beyond the thought of simply becoming an imposition upon another -- it actually has the idea of being a "super-imposition" -- a total freeloader!

Have you ever said to someone, "I don't mean to impose upon you, but could you give me some help?" It's a polite way of humbling yourself in a time of need. And that's all well and good, for sometimes we do need to ask others for assistance, without becoming an imposition upon them.

But the Apostle goes well beyond this social protocol. He instructs us to not merely make ourselves an imposistion upon God -- but to go so far as to become a super-imposition upon Him!

The word literally means "to thow upon another." In this case, the other is God Himself. Peter is saying that we must throw our cares upon God. Indeed, HURL them, so as to get them as far away from ourselves as possible!

This is the secret of humbling ourselves under the mighty hand of God.

The proud hold tightly to the cares of this world, deeming themselves sufficent to handle things on their own. But, we humble ourselves by "casting our cares upon the Lord" -- by hurling the weight of the world onto His strong shoulders, and finding our place of rest in His loving care.

Tomorrow, I will show you a practical way to do this; its what I call the Emphasize Exercise....

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