Does God care about us, and about what’s going on in our lives? When life is hard, when we hurt, when no one else seems to care or understand, when bad things are happening, when we are alone? Are we really alone, or is He always there, if only we reach out to Him?
“…I’ve picked you. I haven’t dropped you. Don’t panic. I’m with you. There’s no need to fear for I’m your God. I’ll give you strength. I’ll help you. I’ll hold you steady, keep a firm grip on you.” (Isaiah 41:8-10 MSG)
Let’s face it–just living can be frightening. Sure, there are good moments, but way too often bad things happen, the people we rely on disappoint us, things fail to work out the way we wanted, and our stress level builds to the point that we don’t even know what to do anymore and just want to go crawl under a rock and hide.
So, where is God when it’s like this? Where is He when your life isn’t what you thought it would be, or it’s overwhelming or even genuinely disappointing? He’s there, right there next to you–or, more specifically in you if you’ve accepted Jesus–if you just stop to notice Him!
God is always there. It’s just that most of the time we’re not seeing Him, because that’s how He’s set it up. “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth,” (John 4:24 NKJV) Jesus said. God’s here, but He’s not part of the physical creation–He’s extraneous to it–so we don’t see Him with our eyes; we have to recognize and identify Him through His Word. That’s what Jesus meant when He told us to stay in Him, and it’s why God revealing Himself to us through Jesus and the rest of the Bible is so important–these days, it’s the only way we will ever see Him in this life!
It’s also the way we will feel His presence, and experience His love for us–by reading a Bible verse that affirms this to us. Sure, we can feel
God’s love through the love others show us, but that, at best, is an imperfect representation of the infallible, complete and perfect love God actually has for us. It is an inevitable fact of life that we will never fully experience God, His love for us, and every good thing He has planned in, through, and for us if we keep cutting ourselves off from the things He had recorded for our benefit!
Yet, I realize that because we can’t see Him–because we have to read what others wrote down or listen to it on the radio or at church –that it may sometimes seem like we’re trying to conjure Him up, that we’re trying to make ourselves believe there’s a God who cares by talking ourselves into it. But that’s not true, because of everything that actually happened–because of the fact the Bible isn’t fictional literature; because it’s a compilation of God’s revelation throughout history to us–of Him telling us He loves us and urging us to pay attention to Him.
So, do you feel God doesn’t cares about you and what’s going on in your life? Is life hard right now? Are you hurting? Are bad things happening? Are you alone?
Life may be hard; bad things may be happening; you may be hurting because no one else cares or even knows; but if you open your spiritual “eyes” and reach out to
Him, you’ll see that not only is God really right there with you in the middle of it–He cares, and understands, and will love us through it all, if only we let Him!
Dear Lord God,
Thank You that You do love me; help me feel that love! Amen.