Traditional farming and fishing paint a beautiful picture of trust and provision. When a fisherman casts his net into the sea, he has got very little control over the type and amount of fish that will be caught in his net. Once the net is cast, he can only wait and rely on God’s provision. In the same, farmers rarely know if the seeds, when sown, will germinate and mature. But my friend, just like the fisherman casts his net in faith and the farmer sows in faith, Jesus wants you to know that if you cast your care on Him in faith, He will never fail you and He will provide.

“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:6-7

Many people have a problem with humbling themselves before our Father. They think that in so doing, they are depriving themselves of their decision making rights and giving up their will to a distant God who does not really understand their needs.

But beloved child of God, that could not be further from the truth, for Jesus Himself tells us,

“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:31-33

Our Father is not impractical. He is not stingy. In fact, He has only the best planned for us for He tells us,

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declared the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 [NIV]

And if we read 1 Peter 5:6-7 again, we realize that our Father wants to exalt us, in due time, if we humble ourselves before Him. So what then does it mean to humble ourselves before our Father? And why does our Father mention a time due for our exaltation?

In the two verses listed, both the apostle Peter and Jesus Himself reveal what it means to be humble before our Father. Peter tells us to cast our care on Him. Just like the fisherman casts his net in faith, we are to cast our care on Jesus, cast our care on our Father, in faith; but unlike the fisherman, we cast our care in confidence because He cares for us.

Those of us who are parents will understand this analogy very well. If we truly care for our children, when they come to us with their care, will we not take care of it for them to the best of our abilities?

So “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will you Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” Matthew 7:11

So when we come home to our Father, that is what Jesus meant when He called us to seek the kingdom of God; and when we cast our care on Jesus, that is what He meant when He told us to seek our Father’s righteousness. For the apostle Paul tells us that,

“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21

So when we come home to our Father and cast our care on Him, on Jesus, we are humbling ourselves under His mighty hand and allowing Him to exalt us in due time.

Why then is there a due time?

The author of Ecclesiastes tells us that,

“To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven:” Ecclesiastes 3:1

Indeed, when Jesus was about to ascend, He told His disciples,

“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.” John 16:12

Beloved, just like rain falls in drops to gently rejuvenate and refresh the plants, and not a torrent which will flood and drown the plants; so too does our Father bless us with what we can bear, what will be good for us at the time. And as we grow in maturity and capacity, His blessings will follow. So when we come home to our Father and cast our care on Jesus, we are humbling ourselves under our Father’s hand; and when we do this, He has promised that He will provide for us all good things and exalt us in due time.

In fact, He demonstrates this twice in the life of the apostle Peter. First when He called Peter,

“So it was, as the multitude pressed about Him to hear the word of God, that He stood by the Lake of Gennesaret, and saw two boats standing by the lake; but the fishermen had gone from them and were washing their nets. Then He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat.
When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”
But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink.” Luke 5:1-7

And again later when He had risen.

“Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of His disciples were together. Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.”
They said to him, “We are going with you also.” They went out and immediately got into the boat, and that night they caught nothing. But when the morning had now come, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Then Jesus said to them, “Children, have you any food?”
They answered Him, “No.”
And He 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 21:2-6

Both times, after Peter had toiled and labored and caught nothing, Jesus had Peter cast his net in faith; and both times He rewarded Peter with a phenomenal, over-abounding catch. In fact, there was another time when they were asked for the tax and Jesus instructed Peter to retrieve the supply for the tax in much the same way.

“…go to the sea, cast in a hook, and take the fish that comes up first. And when you have opened its mouth, you will find a piece of money; take that and give it to them for Me and you.” Matthew 17:27

So beloved, Jesus wants you to know if you cast your care on Jesus in faith, His love will see to it that your needs will be met in abounding measure.

But if you worry that your faith is little and lacking, and that is standing in the way of you receiving from Jesus, He has this to say,

“If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.” Luke 17:6

For Jesus said to His disciples when they were faced with a demon which they could not cast out,

“Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?”
So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:19-20

Beloved child of God, have you been toiling and carrying your care on your shoulders? Heed the call of Jesus and come home to our Father for He loves you and cares for you. Seek His kingdom and come home; look for Jesus, our Father’s righteousness for us, and cast your care on Him and watch Him provide for you and exalt you in due time. For indeed the apostle Paul says in confidence,

“And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Jesus Christ.” Philippians 4:19

“For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” Romans 10:11

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