“While you did all this, I remained silent, and you thought
I didn’t care.” Psalm 50:21
“The Lord isn’t looking,” they say, “and besides, the God of Israel
doesn’t care.” (Psalm 94:7)
It’s dangerous for an individual to make assumptions about God. And it’s dangerous for a nation to do so also.
The two references above reflect assumptions about God that many have thought and verbalized. God isn’t watching or can’t see and even if He sees He doesn’t care. To the wicked this fractured theology insulates them from the reality of personal responsibility for their actions and the consequences those actions carry.
When a believer begins believing these lies it insulates her from the reality of God’s intended sustained loving guidance. She declines some of the best provisions of his coverage of intended blessings and protections.
The reality is … God does see and he certainly does care. Psalm 7:11 tells us that he is angry with the wicked every day. He sees the deceit, the murderous intentions, the greedy takeover of another’s goods, the lust that destroys relationships. He sees every bit of it as he gazes into each heart and life.
The destruction that wickedness produces makes him angry because it short-circuits his intentions for us. When a man turns away from God, he never turns toward goodness, peace and love. He turns from light to the growing darkness of his own shattered soul.
But God sees more than the wickedness of the unruly. He sees the frustration of a believer who forgets that God sees and cares … who forgets that God knows our integrity (Job 31) and our desire to please him. He forgets that God knows the frail foolishness of our hearts (Psalms 69 and 139). And he forgets that God knows how to rescue the godly from their trials. (II Peter 2:9)
And because they forget, they feel alone, isolated and on their own. And that’s hardly the case! Because God also cares.
He cares for the wildflowers that have a shelf life of mere days, and for birds that carry far less weight than humanity. (Matthew 6) He cares when our hearts are overwhelmed or broken. And he cares when we attempt to make it on our own and turn away from his strong hand and loving heart.
This week remember … you have not been tasked with ‘going it alone.’ You have a companion who longs to make this journey with you, giving you all the attention, directions and love you could ever need (and far beyond what you can imagine.)
“Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.”
I Peter 5:7 New Living Translation
Enjoy his exquisite care on your journey!
Paul Waltermane caresH