Discipleship

Does God Care?

Lonely Path. Photo Credit: Flickr.com

Lonely Path. Photo Credit: Flickr.com

Does God care about me? Yes, He does!  Always.  In Matthew 10:29-31 “Two sparrows are sold for a penny, aren’t they? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground without your Father’s permission. But even the hairs of your head have all been counted. So don’t be afraid therefore; you are worth more than many sparrows.” (Holman Christian Standard Bible)

Just how important we are to the Lord? The above texts declared that God is interested in our personal lives – more than we could ever thought or imagine.

Every day we wake to the news of bombing, mass killing, ethnic violence, political turmoil, economic uncertainty, civil war, migrant crisis, territorial disputes, human trafficking, and so on.

While everything else around us seems to fall apart, we have this assurance that whatever happens, we are never on our own; we are never alone. We may not know it, but God is guiding us in every small step that we take. If we repent and come back to the Lord, He will give us the faith that we need in order to weather the nastiest storm of this life and give us hope and peace.

Instead of doubting God’s goodness, we should rather start trusting in Him. God cannot be blamed for our misfortunes. Some are caused by unfortunate events in our immediate surrounding beyond our control, or of a larger scheme in the grand design of things (i.e. natural laws going horribly wrong, due to human or environmental factors, etc.).  Some are inflicted on purpose by bad people, and some are simply an inevitable consequence of our past actions.  And sometimes, it could be that we are simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The painful things that happen to us are not punishments for our misbehavior, nor are they in any way part of some grand design on God’s part. Because the tragedy is not God’s will, we need not feel hurt or betrayed by God when tragedy strikes. We can turn to Him for help in overcoming it, precisely because we can tell ourselves that God is as outraged by it as we are.

We can take action and start to do things to alleviate our own pain, our grief, our suffering, or loss, and believe that God will ultimately reveal His purpose to us individually as a result of what we are going through. We can hope that by faith He will intervene for the good of those who loved Him, those who were called according to His purpose.  Or, we can sit and sulk and continue to blame God for all the bad things that is happening to us.

In 1Peter 5:7, the apostle Peter exhorts all believers to “Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you” (New Living Translation). I believe this is the best that we can do for now – to give all our worries and anxiety to God, knowing He is in absolute control of everything.

 

SHORT PRAYER:

Dear God. Thank you for the assurance that You care about me, even to the smallest details of my life. I am grateful that you are concerned about my future and those of the people who I love: my family. Help me each day to remember those blessed promises that you have made so that I could stop worrying and start worshiping your greatness and become an instrument of your blessing to others. I pray all these things in the mighty name of Jesus. Amen.

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