Wow, what an exciting topic. I can just see you now saying ‘what is this all about’! Ha.
Lets first look at what casting is.
I think of two different things when I think of ‘casting’.
First is fishing. Often when one is fishing we cast the line out with the bait or lure and then pull the line with the bait and hook back and hopefully with a fish.
So we cast it out then pull it back!
Second is casting something away. You may cast a stone into the sea. It is gone and you have no desire to retrieve what you have thrown away. You may cast your garbage into the bin to be taken away forever from you.
Now I think you can see where I am going as I seek to apply this to life.
Let’s look for a moment at the Word of God.
“ Cast your burden on the LORD,
He shall sustain you’. (Psalms 55:22 in the Holy Bible)
What a glorious promise! How thrilling!
Now let’s look at what that word translated ‘cast’ means in Hebrew.
‘¢ shalak (shaw-lak); a primitive root;
To throw out, down or away
(literally or figuratively):
King James Version of the Bible uses these different English words– adventure, cast (away, down, forth, off, out), hurl, pluck, throw.
From Strong’s Greek-Hebrew Dictionary
The Heritage Bible translates this:
“Throw what is given to you upon Jehovah’ (Psalms 55:22)
What we have now is something very powerful and helpful. We have God making a promise that He will sustain us! But the burden you carry ‘must’ be ‘cast’ on the Lord.
When you cast the burden on the Lord you must not have a string or cord to pull it back to you like in fishing.
We are ‘ to throw out’ our burdens,
We are ‘to cast down’ our burdens,
We are ‘to throw away’ our burdens,
Upon the Lord!
And He will sustain you!
All of the above words mean that you have cast your burdens on the Lord and no longer have them. Your burdens are gone!
The problem is that many of us have a string attached and we keep drawing them back again and again.
Sometimes we just need to ask Jesus to work a miracle in our heart and mind and memory to set us free from dragging back the burdens.
Take a leap of faith just now and pray for the strength of the Holy Spirit.
I remember an old song that says “Take your burdens to the Lord and leave them there.’
So true, so true.
Now, how about let’s do some ‘Casting’!
A pilgrim follower of Jesus,
Arthur and Denise Blessitt