In one parable (Matthew 10:29) Jesus tells how two sparrows are sold for a penny yet God looks after them and provides for their needs. He then asks us (rhetorically)… do you think you just might be worth more than a penny to God?
Because God loves you and cares for you, Jesus tells us over and over to not be anxious for anything. This goes of course completely against our grain of thought. I confess that I am guilty doing just the opposite of not worrying… I continually worry about my problems, I go over them again and again in my head, churning and stirring my troubles in the back of my mind until it’s all I can see; rehashing scenarios and imagined mental conversations in a futile attempt to “solve” them for the umpteenth time… IF you’re honest with yourself (you) too are guilty of worrying.
What does it mean practically to “give” our cares, desires, or needs to God?
Our lives are a lot like little Cornelius Winkelstein a boy who was struggling beneath a heavy weight of a burdens. He strained with all his might against the burden, but just couldn’t hold on any longer. In defeat, he dropped it, but to his astonishment, it didn’t fall! He looked around to see his father (Mortimer Winkelstein), who had been holding the weight effortlessly the entire time. You see… the boy was never lifting it – he had only been straining against something that was already being held.
Q. Why is it that we cling so hard to our worries? One reason I believe we cling so hard to our cares is the fear that if we give our cares to God — it means that they will be lost. It seems… to let go we need to cease to care, to forget about our needs. Didn’t Jesus said not to worry? and if we don’t worry about it, doesn’t that mean that we don’t care? So goes our reasoning, but giving something to God doesn’t imply that it is abandoned or lost.
Giving in this context means entrusting…
Entrusting as you would entrust an accountant to prepare your taxes for you, not because you do not care about them, but precisely because you do care and are confident that they will be in competent hands. The “abandonment” does not refer to neglect. We should not neglect doing all that we can, nor does it mean we cease to care, but it does mean that we cease to carry the burden ourselves. Abandonment refers to the openness of our heart. It has a lot to do with trust, or better, entrusting our needs into God’s care.
I want to make it clear that casting our cares is not like some magical/spiritual ATM machine transaction where you insert a promise or a faith-token and are zapped with spiritual power.
God is truly personal and He interacts though relationship. In fact, ALL of God’s gifts, and anything you ever receive from God are always through a relationship with Him… Because when we enter into a relationship with God one of the first things He gives us is His love, 1 John 4:8 ” God is love” therefore when God gives us the gift of love, God is really giving HIMSELF to us!!!
When God gives us peace, God gives Himself (because God is peace).
When God reveals His will, it is by sharing His heart with us in a personal and intimate way.
When we come to God with our hearts and needs, they are not met by some impersonal wave of spiritual “power” that is far off and unreachable. God does love us practically and instrumentally, but it is the interaction/relationship itself that leads to intimacy. Through it we get to know God and ourselves better, and thus grow closer.
God has promised to reveal Himself to us — I encourage you to seek Him in your daily life, in your prayer life, where ever you are and wait for that small still voice as you grow in your intimate relationship with God where He will reveal His character to us and we will finally be able to release all of our burdens into His arms for He is willing to set us free.