Everyone has doubts, worries, fears and confusion. These surface in our lives and we must deal with them. What does the Bible say to do with them?
Throw them at God. Literally. Psalm 55 says, Cast your burden on the Lord and he will sustain you, he will never permit the righteous to be moved.(v.22) The word translated “cast” can mean hurl or throw. Throw your troubles at God!
It is what God wants you to do. His intent is not for you to be weak and heavy laden, bent over with life’s burdens. God himself would carry your burdens, trading an aching back for soaring wings. Think for a moment if you will of the Christmas carol, “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear.” This verse:
And ye, beneath life's crushing load,
Whose forms are bending low,
Who toil along the climbing way
With painful steps and slow,
Look now! for glad and golden hours
come swiftly on the wing.
O rest beside the weary road,
And hear the angels sing!
And lest you think the relief coming from throwing our burdens on God is a fantasy, read Psalm 55. It is set against the backdrop of a vicious enemy out to destroy the person of faith. The Psalmist talks of fear and trembling, of betrayal by someone he thought was a good friend, with an enemy bound and determined to destroy him. This is anything but ethereal. This is real. God’s relief for you is real.
In the New Testament, we are given the same command in First Peter. In verse Peter exhorts the church to “Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you.” (v. 7) Peter writes this in the midst of exhortations to good living and vigilance against temptation and evil.
The word is the same – literally “cast” – hurl – throw your cares to God. Our God is bigger than the things that darken our days. He can and will deliver us from them. We need only turn them over to him and he will strengthen and heal us.
Jesus condemned the religious leaders of his day – the experts on God’s law. They didn’t help people with their trials and troubles. Jesus said of them, “They tie onto people's backs loads that are heavy and hard to carry, yet they aren't willing even to lift a finger to help them carry those loads.” (Mt. 23:4, GNT) God does not want us burdened, but freed.
Will you pray with me? “Dear Lord, help us to show the world the Savior. Help us to tell about the gospel that frees men and women. Help the church to lift burdens off shoulders and not encumber, but free people in Jesus. Help us to believe that you wish us to throw our burdens to you, sure that you want us to, and that you will catch them and dispose of them yourself, in your grace. Amen.”