God has a program for carefree living. I discovered it unexpectedly while writing the book A Journey of Victory about my lifelong friend, Evangelist Walter St. Clair. Since we lived many miles apart, I spent hours on the phone with him gathering details for the book.

“Brother Walter” ended most of our conversations with a verse, often quoting Psalm 55:22. “Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.”

One day I ran into a friend I hadn’t seen since childhood and heard about her heartbreak. Her husband had deserted her, and she had taken a second job to make ends meet. I wanted to encourage her and promised to send one of my books. Later as I signed the book with a note, “Remembering carefree days,” God spoke in my heart.

I still have a program for carefree living. Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee. He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. Click To Tweet

I still have a program for carefree living. Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee. He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.

Could it be possible to live carefree in this world of chaos…in our personal lives of pandemonium?

My excitement gained momentum when I read the promise in The Amplified Bible. “Cast your burden on the Lord [releasing the weight of it] and He will sustain you; He will never allow the [consistently] righteous to be moved (made to slip, fall, or fail).”

First Peter 5:7 came to mind. “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” The Amplified Bible put it this way: “Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares about you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.”

God’s program for carefree living is simple: casting every care on him. But how do I release my grip and transfer my concerns from my feeble hands into his almighty hands? This may be the hardest step in our walk with the Lord. Here’s how I learned to put Psalm 55:22 into practice daily.

  • List “My Circumstances Today.” Writing down concerns—major and minor—corrals thoughts bombarding my mind and helps me identify the cause of my restlessness.
  • Cast all your cares on the Lord in prayer, following these five steps in Psalm 37: trust, delight, commit, rest, wait. Lord, I cast these burdens on you, putting my trust in you alone. I delight in you, Lord, my Savior, my refuge, my strength, my life. I commit my way to you. I rest in you, confident you are working even though I can’t see. I wait patiently before you. You are my hope. I praise you and pray in your precious name, amen.
  • Conquer worry with faith. When your thoughts return to the list, express your confidence. Lord, thank you for taking care of these concerns. They are out of my feeble hands and into your almighty hands. 
  • Stand on God’s promises. Throughout the day quote his promises aloud. “The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him…” (2 Chronicles 16:9). “Ah Lord God! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee” (Jeremiah 32:17).
  • Communicate with the Lord moment by moment. Ask him for wisdom to handle whatever comes into your life.
  • Enjoy his presence. The Holy Spirit lives inside us. He has power to meet every need. Choose to rely on him.
  • Obey him. Listen for his soft voice speaking in your heart, instructing you, bringing Scriptures to mind to guide you.
  • Walk by faith, desiring to please him and trusting him to glorify himself in every circumstance.

Casting our cares on the Lord is not a once-forever event. Circumstances change. New cares disrupt our lives. So we keep casting them on Jesus.

Casting our cares on the Lord is not a once-forever event. Circumstances change. New cares disrupt our lives. So we keep casting them on Jesus. Click To Tweet

Casting our burdens on him changes our mindset from desperation and anxiety to confident expectation. He can do something about our circumstance. He has a reputation for doing the impossible.

God loves us beyond our ability to comprehend. And he has a program for carefree living. Begin taking advantage of it today!

Please tell me about a difficult circumstance that you surrendered to the Lord and watched as he worked, allowing you to live carefree. And share this with your friends!

(Adapted from Cabbages and Kings—Reflections on Living Abundantly in Christ)

If you missed last week’s post, read it here: “A Lion Is at the Door! Do Not Let Him in! https://diannebarker.com/?p=1152

© Dianne Barker 2019

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