This week’s Christmas carol invites you to throw off your cares, like an Olympic athlete throws a discus. Be anxious for nothing. Although you have burdens that you may carry about relationships, finances, health or other issues, God doesn’t want you to descend into agonizing worry that will emotionally paralyze you.
The average person spends approximately 14 hours a week worrying, which amounts to spending 5-6 years worrying. Ugh! But God did not call you to be average, and you don’t have to fall into this pattern of worry, which is excessive concern about the affairs of life. You are called to throw off your burdens with rigor, as it says in the beloved Christmas song “Carol of the Balls.”
Hark how the bells,
Sweet silver bells,
All seem to say,
Throw cares away
The Bible tells us where to cast our cares. It’s not into the wind or onto a friend or someone in your family. In the book of 1 Peter we are given a target – God Himself.
Cast all your cares on Him because He cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7
If something matters to you, it matters to God — big stuff, little stuff, work stuff, relationship stuff, all of it. God can help. There is nothing that He doesn’t want you to bring to Him. You have an open invitation to live out the truth of this scripture in 1 Peter.
You have God-given strength to toss the worries, anxieties and burdens in your life off you. You do not have to be a slave to worry. When you head in the direction of worry or fall flat in the face of worrisome circumstances, you have the strength to take action and reverse it, by faith and by the act of your will, in the power of the Holy Spirit available to you as a believer. Praise God!
“…all your cares…”
Worry gives you the illusion of control, but you don’t actually have control over many of the things you worry about. There is a fine line between worry and legitimate concern. Worry doesn’t add anything good to your life, and, in fact, it is a sin. When you worry, you displace God and act as if God doesn’t even exist. Worry distracts you from others things, such as love, peace and generosity.
Either you will carry your burdens or God will carry your burdens. It’s one or the other. If He carries your burdens, you will have the assurance that everything in your life will turn out for good. The Lord God is all-powerful and can certainly work in your circumstances.
“…because he cares for you.”
When He was born two thousand years ago, Jesus was called “Emmanuel,” which means “God with us.” The truth is that God is with you. There is no greater expression of love than to just be there. The good news is that God is there for you, not only at Christmas, but all the time. God loves you, and He is a perfect Father. You can trust Him in all things.
Be comforted that the Bible says repeatedly in different verses that God’s will is for you to let go of your worry and let Christ be, not only Savior, but also the Lord in your life.
- Psalm 55:22 says, “Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you.”
- Matthew 6:25 says, “Do not be anxious about your life.”
- Philippians 4:6 says, “Don’t be anxious about anything… Let your requests be made known to God.”
Christmas is here. Throw your cares away. Let the peace of Christ overtake you this joyous season.