He Cares for Us

Sometimes the stresses and trials of life cause us to feel frayed and discouraged. The more pressed down, the more squeezed by our circumstances, the stress speaks loudly indeed.

We may consider ourselves to be strong emotionally and spiritually, yet we are bound to feel overwhelmed at times. Pressure-whatever the source-can mute a sense of God’s comfort, the assurance He is there. Though well versed in Scripture, a leader in the church, or many years into our Christian life, at our most vulnerable, dark moment our heart can cry out, “where are you God?”

It is very human to want to avoid difficulty. No one wakes up in the morning and asks God for more. Though we wish difficulty would go away, it is our Father’s comfort we most need whether it does or not. Being a needy and broken people, what is essential is more of Him. When disheartened, a fresh look at what appear to be simple reminders in God’s Word is called for.

Here are a few verses to consider: 
  • “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30. NASB)
  • Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. (1 Peter 5:6-7. NASB)
  • Cast your burden upon the Lord and He will sustain you;
    He will never allow the righteous to be shaken. (Psalm 55:22. NASB)
If we have heard these verses often, particularly the selection from the gospel of Matthew so familiar to many, they may lose impact. It is helpful to ruminate on them, to read these verses as if hearing them for the first time.

A question remains for some. Do we know God? Our culture sees God’s love as an obligation we can demand. We assume He should be there when we want His attention (and only then). If He does not seem to answer, we reject Him. God cares for His children with astounding love, but if we have not taken the step to receive His Son, the Bible says we are not only at enmity with God, we are dead in our sin. Though bad news we don’t like to hear, the wonderful reality is He gave His own Son to bridge this separation in the forgiveness of sin Jesus suffered for. Christ suffered unimaginably for us, though we are unworthy. The depths of such love is amazing, yet we do need to receive it.

In these verses is seen a God and a Savior who cares for His redeemed children. When we allow these truths to penetrate our hearts, we know He cares for us.

Casting all your cares [all your anxieties, all your worries, and all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares about you [with deepest affection, and watches over you very carefully]. (1 Peter 5:7. Amplified Bible)

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