The Art of Casting our Cares…On the Lord!

Written by, Robert Leighton (1611-1684).

burdens“Humble yourselves, therefore,
under the mighty hand of God
so that at the proper time
he may exalt you,
casting all your anxieties on him,
because he cares for you.” 

–1 Peter 5:6-7 (ESV)

Cast thy burden upon the Lord. Hand it over, heave it upon him…

…and he shall sustain you, shall bear both, if you trust him with both; both you and your burden.  He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.  The children of God have the only sweet life; the world thinks not so, rather looks on them as poor, discontented, lowering creatures but they see not what an uncaring, truly secure life they are called to.

While others are in turmoil and wrestling each with his projects and burdens for himself, and at length crushed and sinking under them, (for that is the end of all that do for themselves) the child of God goes free from the pressure of all that concerns him; for it is laid over on his God.  If he use his advantage, he is not racked with musings, Oh! what will become of this and that but goes on in the strength of God as he may; offers up poor, but sincere endeavors to God, and is sure of one thing, all shall be well.

He lays his affairs and himself on God, and so has no pressing care; no care but the care of love how to please, how to honor, his Lord; and in this he depends on him both for skill and strength and, touching the success of things, leaves that as none of his, to be burdened with; casts it on God, and he cares for it.  They need not both care, his care alone is sufficient; hence peace, inconceivable peace.  Be careful for nothing; but in every thing, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God.  And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds, through Jesus Christ (Philippians 4:6).

20100115-worried-woman-290x218Truly, the Godly are much in the wrong to themselves, by not improving this their privilege.  They too often forget this their sweet way, and fret themselves to no purpose; wrestle with their burdens themselves, and do not entirely and freely roll them over on God.  They are surcharged with them, and he calls for them, and yet they will not give them to him. They think to spare him, but indeed in this they disobey, and dishonor, and so grieve him; and they find the grief return on them, and yet cannot learn to be wise.  Why deal we thus with our God, and with our souls, grieving both at once?  Let it never be, that for any outward thing you perplex yourself, and entangle thy thoughts, as in thickets, with the cares of this life.  Oh! how unsuitable are these to a child of God and your peace, that gives God, for whom a life so far more excellent is provided!  Hath he prepared a kingdom for you, and will he not bestow your charges in the way to it?

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Taken and adapted from, The Whole Works of Robert Leighton (Commentary on 1 Peter), D. D. Archbishop of Glasgow. To which is Prefixed, A Life of the Author, by James Aikman, Esq. A New Edition, Complete in One Volume. Edinburgh: Thomas Nelson and Peter Brown. 1832, pp. 292-294.

Ah! Christians…!

by Thomas Brooks (1608–1680)

6a00e55043abd0883401287630ec7a970c-320wi“…you will never bear burdens without them being a burden, until you come to attain to an assurance of better things. This will enable you to leap under the weight of any cross, to rejoice under the weight of any mountain…”

from, “Heaven On Earth”

Meet the author and part of your Christian heritage:  Thomas Brooks (1608–1680) was an English non-conformist Puritan preacher and author.  Much of what is known about Thomas Brooks has been ascertained from his writings. Born, likely to well-to-do parents, in 1608, Brooks entered Emmanuel College, Cambridge in 1625, where he was preceded by such men as Thomas Hooker, John Cotton, and Thomas Shepard. He was licensed as a preacher of the Gospel by 1640. Before that date, he appears to have spent a number of years at sea, probably as a chaplain with the fleet.

After the conclusion of the First English Civil War, Thomas Brooks became minister at Thomas Apostle’s, London, and was sufficiently renowned to be chosen as preacher before the House of Commons on December 26, 1648. His sermon was afterwards published under the title, ‘God’s Delight in the Progress of the Upright’, the text being Psalm 44:18: ‘Our heart is not turned back, neither have our steps declined from Thy way’. Three or four years afterwards, he transferred to St. Margaret’s, Fish-street Hill, London.

As a writer C. H. Spurgeon said of him, ‘Brooks scatters stars with both hands, with an eagle eye of faith as well as the eagle eye of imagination’.  In 1662, he fell victim to the notorious Act of Uniformity, but he appears to have remained in his parish and to have preached as opportunity arose. Treatises continued to flow from his pen.