And now for the moment I reveal my new Word of the Year — drumroll, please — the word is “Cast.” I keep coming across this word in various contexts, and it’s pretty amazing to see what a diverse word it is. I know this word will keep coming back to me throughout the year, in surprising ways, revealing more of God’s character and Presence in my life. I’ll be keeping an entire journal filled with quotes from this word, such as the ones below:
[In Rev. 2:17] Christ promised two things to those who overcame: hidden manna and a white stone…The most probable meaning of the white stone in verse 17 is remarkable. In an ancient courtroom, jurors voting to condemn the accused would cast their vote by tossing a black stone or pebble. In contrast, jurors voting to acquit the condemned would cast their vote by tossing a white stone or pebble…In the course of sharing his testimony, Paul said he “cast my vote against the Christians (Acts 26:10). The original wording is katengka psephon. The Greek word katengka means “to deposit or cast.” The Greek word psephon means “pebble or stone.” and is only used in Acts 26:10 and Rev. 2:17. Paul formerly deposited or cast his pebble to vote against the saints…How I praise God that the Judge of all the earth pitches a white stone to acquit us–not because we’re innocent but because Someone has already served our sentence. –Beth Moore, Portraits of Devotion, pg. 484
Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God…casting all your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you. –1 Peter 5:6-7, ESV
The immediate connection of the thoughts in 1 Peter 5:6-7 should be encouraging to us in times of adversity. On the one hand we’re to humble ourselves under God’s mighty hand–submitting with a Spirit of humility to His sovereign dealings with us. On the other, we’re to cast our anxieties on Him, convinced of His care…We’re to accept the adversities but not the anxieties. Our tendency is just opposite. The way to cast our anxieties on the Lord is through humbling ourselves under His sovereignty, then trusting Him in His wisdom and love. –Jerry Bridges, Trusting God, quoted in How Great is Our God, 9/8
The 24 elders fall down before the One seated on the throne, worship the One who lives forever and ever, [and] cast their crowns before the throne. –Rev. 4:10 (NIV)
You may have noticed the last quote included this year’s word and next year’s word. It’s time to say farewell to my word “worship” and focus on the new one, but it will never be cast aside (pun intended). I’ve been learning to worship Him in all circumstances, good and bad, happy and sad, easy and difficult. Regarding the new word, this is only the beginning. I have much more to share about this word “cast” throughout the year. There are already several deep truths that the Lord has taught me from this one word already, but it will need to be explained a little at a time. Have you chosen a Word of the Year? If so, what is it?