What sort of question is that? Casting? What are you on about?
In my time with the Lord this morning – reading His Word, the Bible – I was struck by the many times it is used in Scripture. I trust it will be as much of a blessing to you as it was for me.
Briefly then, what does the word mean? To “cast” something, within the context of the study today, it means to:
- throw (something) forcefully in a specified direction
- discard, abandon, throw out
- shed, get rid of
Now read through these verses prayerfully and with thanksgiving
“Cast your burden on the Lord[release it] and He will sustain and uphold you;
He will never allow the righteous to be shaken (slip, fall, fail)“ (Psalm 55:22 -Amplified Bible)
“Cast out the scoffer, and contention will leave; Yes, strife and reproach will cease.” (Proverbs 22:10 – NKJV)
“Throw out the mocker, and fighting goes, too. Quarrels and insults will disappear.“ (Prov 22:10 – NLT)
“Cast your bread on the surface of the waters, [be diligently active, make thoughtful decisions], for you will find it after many days [be richly rewarded].” (Ecclesiastes 11:1 – Amplified) As the great commentator, Matthew Henry said: “we may well trust God to provide for us, without our anxious, disquieting cares”. (This verse is a message on its own and maybe I will expound on it sometime soon!)
This is what the Lord said to His disciples after a whole night of fishing without success. “And He (Jesus) said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast, and now they were not able to draw it in because of the multitude of fish.“ (John 21:6 – NKJV)
“The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.” (Romans 13:12 – NKJV) “The night [this present evil age] is almost gone and the day [of Christ’s return] is almost here. So let us fling away the works of darkness and put on the [full] armor of light.” (Rom. 13:12 – Amplified)
“Casting all your cares [all your anxieties, all your worries, and all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares about you [with deepest affection, and watches over you very carefully].” (1 Peter 5:7 – Amplified)
And now a prayer:
Precious Lord and Saviour, open my eyes that I may see wonderful truths in Your Word. Help me to walk in ways that please you and bring glory to Your Name.
I close with extracts from that beautiful hymn by Clara H Scott, 1895
- Open my eyes, that I may see
Glimpses of truth Thou hast for me;
Place in my hands the wonderful key
That shall unclasp and set me free.
- Open my ears, that I may hear
Voices of truth Thou sendest clear;
And while the wave notes fall on my ear,
Everything false will disappear.
- Open my mind, that I may read
More of Thy love in word and deed;
What shall I fear while yet Thou dost lead?
Only for light from Thee I pleadThe 4th verse modified by me:
Open my mouth, and let me bear,
Gladly the warm Truth everywhere;
Open my heart and let me prepare
To share Your Living Word, everywhere!