Posted by: glorifyhim1 | October 7, 2014

A God Who Cares

A God Who Cares

 

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This weekend we had to say our final goodbyes to our daughter’s sweet cat and constant companion for almost 15 years. The decision to have her put to sleep was not an easy one, but it became inevitable as her condition continued to deteriorate and she grew weaker and weaker. Although we all knew it was the humane thing to do, that didn’t make it any easier. In fact, it was just plain hard!

 

Each time we find ourselves having to say goodbye to one of our beloved family pets, I find myself thinking that perhaps we shouldn’t get another one. With all the sorrows and worries in this world, why put ourselves through just one more avenue to hurt and pain. But then I remember all the joys that these dear animals have brought into our lives – the warm snuggles, the unwavering acceptance, the individual personalities that work their way into our hearts and lives. And I know, in spite of how much it hurts when they leave us, our sweet furry friends are definitely worth every ounce of our emotional involvement.

 

While the Bible makes no mention of having animals as pets, we are told that God created all kinds of animals and that He “saw that it was good” (see Genesis 1:24-25).  In Genesis 2:19, we are told that God “formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air.” The word used for “formed” tells us that God took great care like a potter at work fashioning each animal He made.

 

The Bible also tells us that God cared for the animals He made. He was concerned about their food (Psalm 147:9, Matthew 6:26a); their need for rest (Deuteronomy 5:14); and the way they were treated (Deuteronomy 25:4; Deuteronomy 22:10). God gave man authority over the animals He created (see Genesis 1:28) and with that authority responsibility to care for His creation.

 

Do you every wonder why God created animals? When we read about creation in Genesis 1-2, notice that God transformed chaos into a world of light, beauty, and order – a world in which you and I can live. He took care of every detail and provided everything that man needed in order to live before He created man. There were lights in the heavens for day and night; water and dry land; plants and trees that provided food; fish, birds, and all kinds of animals. Surely, some of these animals were needed for work and later on for food, but I think God also created animals for our enjoyment. God made a world that could not only meet our needs, but that provided beauty and enjoyment. Before man was ever created, and before you and I were even born, we see a God who planned, prepared, and who provided for us – a God who cares!

 

Jesus taught His followers about God’s care. “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?  Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?  And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, 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” (Matthew 6:25-29, ESV). Jesus reminded His followers that even in a broken, sinful world that God cared for His people and would take care of them.

 

God still cares for you and me, today.

 

  • He cares about our needs and He will supply them (see Matthew 6:25-29).
  • He cares about our fears and He will strengthen us (see Isaiah 41:10).
  • He cares about our weaknesses and He will give us grace (see 2 Corinthians 12:9).
  • He cares about our troubles and He will comfort us (see 2 Corinthians 1:3-4).
  • He cares about our tears and He will hear us (see Psalm 56).
  • He cares about our turmoil and He will give us peace (see John 14:27).
  • He cares about our failures and He will forgive us (see 1 John 1:9).

 

And …..

 

  • He cares about our lostness and He will save us (see John 3:16).

 

Although God made a perfect world, in His knowledge and wisdom, God knew we would mess up. So, He also planned for our salvation – even before we were ever born. Now, that’s a God who cares!

 

As I think about our great and awesome God, I am overcome that He cares so much for me. Surely, He cares about the big, important things in my life, but He also cares about the little things. Sometimes, I think that’s what overwhelms me the most. I’m amazed that such a great and mighty God who has all knowledge, power, and wisdom, cares about the little things I worry about, the small hurts that sometimes bring tears, and the weaknesses that trouble me that no one else sees. He sees, He hears, and He cares for me. And, sometimes, He reminds me of His care with simple joys, special blessings that I may not have even known I needed – like my daughter’s furry, little speckled cat who sometimes felt my tears, shared my chair, and warmed my lap. Thank You, God, for caring for me!

 

 

 

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