2002-02-01 - He Really Does Care
Do you ever find yourself wondering if God really cares about what you are going through - thinking that your minute concerns couldn't possibly interest Him when there are wars going on, famines etc.?
Our dog Pierre has been sick this week, and I honestly wish it were me instead. I would understand what is going on and would know that the treatment will help. I "hurt for him." Most of us have "felt" the pain of family members and friends whom we love deeply. And just think how much more our Savior loves us than we love those whom are dearest to us:
John 3:16 (NLT) For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.
He gave up His beloved Son to tortuous suffering for our salvation, so of course He cares about our hurts. As Jesus taught us, even the very hairs of our head are numbered. God even cares when we are hungry from missing a meal.
Matthew 15:32 (NLT) Then Jesus called his disciples to him and said, "I feel sorry for these people. They have been here with me for three days, and they have nothing left to eat. I don't want to send them away hungry, or they will faint along the road."
And let's not lose sight that Christ Himself can identify with our pains, from personal experience. In the Garden of Gethsemane cried out to God in emotional agony.
Heb 5:7 (NLT) While Jesus was here on earth, he offered prayers and pleadings, with a loud cry and tears, to the one who could deliver him out of death.
So the next time you despair that God doesn't care or can't possibly understand, remind yourself that He indeed is a God of the little details - that He cares about each person's needs, and in the form of Jesus has experienced those pains and difficulties Himself.