One of the things that keeps people from getting to know Jesus or experiencing oneness with Him is the belief that God is, at best, an absentee father or, at worst, a deadbeat dad. The truth of the matter is that God is a Good, Good, Father. His Goodness is eternal and His Goodness is the only thing that will lead men to repentance (Romans 2:4).
God Cares. And He Cares deeply for us.
Luke 12:22-32 (ESV) 22 And he said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. 23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. 24 Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! 25 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? 26 If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest? 27 Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 28 But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! 29 And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. 30 For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31 Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you. 32 “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
The Bible tells us (Psalms 139:13-14) that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. Because we know that God didn’t give us a spirit of fear, we can surmise that terror is not part of the equation. No, the “fearfully” here is “reverently.”
I can see the torches and pitchforks now. Yep. I said, “reverently.”
How can I say that? Because we were created in the image and likeness of God to rule and reign here on earth. Everything in the earth is created to be subject to our authority. Psalms 8:4-6 asks the question, 4 what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? 5 Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings (elohim) and crowned him with glory and honor. 6 You have given him dominion over the works of your hands;
you have put all things under his feet,
Genesis 1:26-28 tells us that we have dominion over all the things in the earth. Romans 8:19 says all of creation is waiting for mankind to take its rightful place in the earth.
God cares so much that when the world was completely upside down, God sent His only Son to die a horrible death for the express purpose of setting things straight.
He cares so much that He allows Himself to be the burden bearer of our own cares and concerns:
1 Peter 5:7 (AMPC) 7 Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.
This is a reflection on Psalm 55:22.
The bottom line is, God cares. He cares so much that the very hairs on your head are numbered (Luke 12:7). He cares so much that He knows the very fabric of your being. He cares so much that He sent Himself in flesh to exchange the potential for eternal darkness and death into eternal life and light! He cares so much that He takes up residence in our bodies, calling it His temple! God cares for us so much that He redeemed us to be reconciled with Him, and that He would never leave nor forsake us. God cares so much for us that He would replace a covenant that we couldn’t keep with a Covenant that He, alone would keep!
We are the object of His affection. We are His crowning glory! When God created everything, He paused to call it “good.” But when He created us, God really patted Himself on the back, calling us “very good.”
God cares for us. He cares so much that by placing Himself in human flesh, humbling Himself so that he could be eye-to-eye and heart-to-heart with us.
God cares for us!
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