I’ve been talking a lot lately to groups in our church about caring. We want to be known as a church that cares for each other (we do a good job here) and for our communities (we need to do better here).
The question that arises is Why? Why should we care, especially for people outside of the walls of our church?
There are several answers to that question. One is that we are taught to care in passages like Galatians 6:10, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all men. That’s clear. Not just to other Christians – the passage goes on to talk about that – but to all men. Everyone.
Even if they’re not part of our “group” (IE church). Even if they don’t believe like us. Even if they don’t look like us. Even if they don’t like us! All. Men.
But the primary reasons that we are to care is because God cares.
Passages that actually talk about God caring are limited to just a few.
When my father and my mother forsake me, Then the Lord will take care of me.
1 Peter 5:7
Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
You get a more complete picture of God’s care when you look into the areas of His love and His faithfulness.
Most Christians understand God’s care from an intellectual perspective, but sometimes struggle with it from an experiential perspective.
It’s hard to really believe that God cares when you can’t see His care or feel His care. When His care isn’t evident in ways that you expect you begin to wonder if He really does care about your problems.
When we care for people we show our care in tangible ways; ways that they can relate to. We are conditioned to equate care with verbal and physical gestures. We tell people how much we care for them. We give them hugs. We try to take away the hurt and “fix” whatever is wrong. That’s how we care.
But God’s not always like that. Sometimes He is – but not always. May not even normally.
The statement quoted above (1 Peter 5:7) was said to people who were suffering persecution. God didn’t eliminate their persecution – which is what I would have done so that they knew I cared. In fact they were suffering because it was God’s will for them to suffer (1 Peter 4:19).
The truth that we fail to grasp is that God’s will for them to suffer did not negate God’s care for them.
It is possible for a human parent to inflict or allow suffering in the lives of their children and yet still care for them profoundly.
How much more is it possible for God to bring (allow if you like) suffering into our lives for any number of reasons and yet care for us with a love that comes from the deepest recesses of His heart.
His care is not dependent on our seeing it nor on our feeling it. It is not even dependent on our understanding it.
It is enough that we know His care in the person of Jesus and that we have His impeccable word on the matter.
Never doubt His care, whatever comes into your life.
Your suffering may have a greater purpose than you will ever know.
His Care will never fail you.
Stay in the Word