Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.
We who are ridden with care, fearful and troubled, are to “cast our cares on the Lord.” In other words, we are to fling them away, leave them to him, and let the Lord take care of them.
I realize that this isn’t always easy to do – to leave everything to the Lord. We try and do this, but still remain burdened. Our cares still weigh us down. Somehow, we do not believe and trust enough, and do not know how to unburden ourselves. We pray but then act as though we had not prayed. We say, “Lord, Lord, take this burden upon yourself,” yet we do not give up worrying, and then doubt whether God has heard our plea. We are halfhearted children who do not yet hold on to the One we do not see as though we saw him.
Imagine carrying a load so heavy that you can scarcely move under its weight. At last you find someone who takes it off you. How light and free you feel! That is how we should feel when we have surrendered something to God. God will help us – that is his trustworthy promise – but only if we like children give not only our cares but ourselves into his care. He is faithful and will not let us down. Even when he lets us go astray, even when he leads us on roundabout ways, even when darkness deepens around us, he takes care of us. He always leads us to the goal he has in mind for us.
Sometimes peace simply eludes us for a long time. But God will not allow us to be shaken. Help will come, and it always comes in time. So do not be afraid. Remain faithful and stand true before God. In this way you will not despair or grow fainthearted. He who perseveres will, in the end, see how much God’s delay was his gain.
Johann Christoph Blumhardt