What to Do with Trouble
Got trouble? I am not a prophet, and I may have never met you, but unless you have already died and gone to heaven, I can tell you something about yourself. At this point in your life, you are either in trouble, just coming out of trouble, or on your way into trouble. I am sure I am right. And that is so because earth is fallen and you are living in a war zone!
But do not despair. Do not be afraid either. Divine help is available. Listen to these encouraging words from 1 Peter 5:6-7.
Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
God does not want you to be overcome by worries and anxieties. He doesn’t want you depressed and tormented by fear. He does not want trouble to have you. And so He makes you an offer too good to refuse!
Instead of being overcome by your problems, God invites you to try a far more effective approach. He invites you to humble yourself. How? By not trying to deal with trouble in your strength! By admitting you need His help and casting all your care [the whole of your care, all your anxieties, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him!
The word translated “casting” means to throw upon; to unload. Instead of carrying your cares upon your own shoulders, God wants you to unload your burdens upon Him. To humble yourself and say to Him, “Here, God, You handle this because I can’t.”
Now, why is God so insistent that you cast your all of your cares upon Him and let Him deal with them instead of leaving them in your hands? Two reasons are provided. Let’s take a look.
The first reason is because as your Heavenly Father, “He cares for you.” In this verse, the word for “care” is mérimna, meaning “to be anxious about” or “to be concerned.” God does not worry, but if He could, it would be right to say that you should cast your cares upon Him because He is worrying about your welfare. That’s how concerned God is for you!
The second reason is because He is equipped to handle any care you throw upon Him. The verse describes His hands as “mighty”. That means He possesses great and impressive strength and power, far more than He needs, to carry your load. You can, therefore, be confident He is well-able to deal with any problem you humbly surrender to His powerful hands.
Child of God, in this world you will have trouble, but do not let trouble have you. When trouble comes, learn to hear the concerned voice of your Heavenly Father beckoning you to cast all of your cares upon Him and to see His mighty hands open and ready to take possession of them from you.
Then humble yourself, and unload your burdens upon Him. Drop them off at His doorsteps. Let Him have all your troubles, knowing He is “worried” about you and His hands are mighty. And at the right time, just like the verse says, just like He promised, God will exalt you.