May 9, 2024 Devotional

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. —1 Peter 5:7

We ‘cast’ more than a few things in our lives. The definition of cast, as a transitive verb, is ‘to cause to move or send forth by throwing.’ ( It can also mean to cause (light or shadow) to appear on a surface. Yet another definition is a mold into which something is formed, like metal or plastic. We cast garbage into the trash when it no longer has use. We cast a fishing line into a fast-moving stream to catch trout. We cast a light when we shine a flashlight in the darkness. We cast parts which helps turn the gears of progress.

In 1 Peter 5:7, though, there’s a very special casting that happens, spiritually, when we cast our anxiety on our loving and gracious God. We live in an anxious world. We lose sleep over the state of our communities and churches. We wring our hands about the fact that it’s an election year and we’re just not sure what to do about it, or even who will get our vote. We wonder if things will get better or worse for our family, our neighborhood, or our nation. In the midst of all that, we’re reminded that God cares for us, and that he will receive our anxiety when we cast it – cause to move or send it forth to him by throwing – on him.

I love the fact that God cares for us and that we can pray and release our worldly anxiety on him. In addition, though, when we cast our anxieties on him, we do other types of casting as well. First, we cast a light on the world around us because the anxiety that causes such darkness in our hearts and minds is given over to God, creating a new light source from within us, as Jesus ministers to the world through us. Second, we cast within the mold of God’s word and Jesus’ salvation, a new vision of the Kingdom coming here on earth as in heaven. The heart-shaped mission of the church becomes the pathway by which lives are transformed and the world is renewed in God’s economy and culture. That spurs us on to deeper faith and greater missional vision for the church in the world today.

If you’re struggling today, God is inviting you to name your anxiety before his throne in prayerful surrender of it all to him. He cares for you, deeply and completely, and wants you to be free. When you are free from anxiety about this world, you are then deployed into the world to cast the light of grace and truth, confidently sharing God’s mission and vision to all you meet.

Love well, friends, and tell the world of God’s care in the name of Jesus Christ!