“This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles,” Psalm 34:6
“Cast all your care upon Him; for He careth for you,” 1 Peter 5:7
“Relax. Relate. Release.” If you grew up during the time when the sitcom: A Different World (IMBd) was running you will immediately recognize this phrase. When the character Whitley, played by Jasmine Guy, was at a point of being super stressed out in life she went to see a therapist. The therapist offered this three word phrase to her in order to help her speak calm into her own life. Using funny hand and body movements, Whitley went through her hard times quoting, “Relax. Relate. Release,” over and over again to herself. The funny thing is people who have seen that episode or catch it on reruns now never seem to forget that one. I often hear individuals jokingly say to one another, “Relax. Relate. Release.”
You have to see the humor in it all. As ironic as it all is, this is in fact what humanity tries to do. Come up with some self-constructed solution on how to handle the troubles that we sometimes go through. Libraries and bookstores, television infomercials, computer ads popping up – many are designed to help somebody deal with something.
I love God. He not only sits on His throne as Sovereign of the universe but, He sits as, “Our Father.” There is a unique love that fathers have for their children. There is a protective instinct that these men have that causes them to be on guard for the care and welfare of their families. To make sure all is well; to make haste to run to the aid of the little ones when they cry out. Our heavenly Father is no different. As a matter of fact, He set the course for all other fathers to follow.
“This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.” God does not turn away from the sincere heart that is seeking Him. If you are His child and are crying out for His help, the Father hears. Not only does He hear but He sees. He sees the disappointment and the heartaches. He sees the tears and the loneliness. He sees! But, it doesn’t stop there. He did something about it. He did something to proactively change the situation. “He saved him out of all his trouble.”
A lot of people feel that unless it’s a big, major upset in life, they ought not to bother God about it. Let me draw your attention to that three-lettered little world in this verse, “all.” All means everything. God is concerned with every aspect of your life, big or small. If it bothers the child, it bothers the Father. So, go ahead, cry out! Let your heavenly Daddy know, “I’m hurting. This is too much for me. Please, help me!” Cry out! God’s got ears and He hears. Cry out!
“Cast all your cares upon Him” because “He cares!” I really don’t think people believe that enough. He cares for you! He cares for me. He cares about this mess I’m in. He cares! Why do I feel the need to carry all this junk by myself? To deal with all this mess myself when He cares? He gave me permission to get rid of it. To cast it all on Him and yet, we’re still holding onto it like we can handle it better than Him. How’s that been working out for you so far? If you keep doing the same thing you are going to keep getting the same results.
I think it’s time that we, as professed children of God, start taking our Daddy, our “Abba, Father,” (Gal. 4:6), at His Word. It boggles the mind of one who will deny such an infallible re-source as our God. Yet, people do it every day. Today is different. Today, I don’t want to carry this whole load myself any longer. These burdens are too heavy for me – so, I cry out!
What will you do today?