|Does God care?|
can all think of times and situations where things have happened to ourselves
or our acquaintances, things that seem so unjust and undeserved. You worked
so hard at your job, then someone else got promoted, and perhaps you were
even stood down. You might be a woman who has tried so hard to fall pregnant,
while there are thousands of abortions every day. What about those news
reports of situations where a person is robbed, killed, or injured while
they are helping someone else in need.
You may be thinking that God isn't just: God just does not care!
What does the Bible say? Despite appearances, God does care!
|Example of Joseph|
a think about Joseph whose story is recorded in Genesis, the first book
in the Bible. Joseph was a young man who was loved by his father but despised
by his brothers. His brothers were shepherds, and Joseph gave a bad (and
possibly honest) report about his brothers to his father. Then he had some
dreams that indicated that his brothers would bow down to him. In the end,
the brothers caught Joseph and sold him to some slave traders. They dipped
his coat in blood and reported that he had been killed by beasts.
He was taken to Egypt where he became a servant. After working faithfully and hard, he was promoted, only to be falsely accused of attempted rape by his master's wife. He was thrown into prison. There he interpreted some dreams and asked one man to remember him when he was released. But he forgot all about Joseph.
After some time, this man remembered Joseph. Pharaoh wanted a dream interpreted, so Joseph was called and he told Pharaoh what the dream meant. As a result, Joseph was promoted to being the second in charge of all Egypt. In actual fact, he became the savior of Egypt, and even of his brothers, because be provided food for everyone during 7 years of terrible famine.
Did Joseph call God unfair? Did he get angry because God didn't care? NO! Joseph accepted that unfair happenings were a part of life. He understood that in a world of wrongdoing, life can be cruel. But above all that God was with him in these circumstances. When he became second to Pharaoh, he understood that God had brought him to Egypt for the purpose of saving his family, and also all of the Egyptians.
|Life can be cruel. Life can be unfair. People can be hard and cruel. But God is not cruel. God is not unfair. He is a God of amazing love and compassion. Here are a few things the Bible says:|
|The Bible says:|
|> For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)|
The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust
|> Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7)|
|God cared for us so much (even though we did not care about him) that he sent Jesus into the world to die and pay the price for our sins (even though we did not realize we had sinned against him).|
|> Let the wicked forsake his way, and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the Lord and he will have mercy on him, and to our God for he will freely pardon (Isaiah 55:7)|
|> ... This is good, and pleases God our Saviour, who wants all men to be saved and to come to acknowledge of the truth. (1 Timothy 2:3)|
|You will never discover the greatness of the love and care of God unless you come to him in submission and humility.|
|> Come unto me all you who are weary and burdened, 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)|
|> And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love God, who have been called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)|
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