PASTOR'S PEN: Does God care?
Many times as people we tend to wonder, “Does God care about me? Does He know what’s happening in my life — unmet dreams, broken promises, unseen scars, physical limitations — does He know and does He truly care?”
John 10:11-15 says this, “I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep. The hired hand is not the shepherd who owns the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the world attacks the flock and scatters it. The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. I am the Good Shepherd; I know My sheep and My sheep know Me — just as the Father knows Me and I know the Father — and I lay down My life for the sheep.”
When trouble comes, one with no investment will run off. “Let the sheep be eaten and destroyed. I’m saving myself.” But the one who has put in time and effort desires deeply to protect what He has spent so much on. Christ cares deeply. He was there at creation when man and woman were formed in the image of God. At the beginning of sin, He had a method for recovery already determined. He left the glory of heaven and came to earth, not to the lap of luxury, but born in a manger, the son of a carpenter and a woman most would wrongly assume to be an adulterous. He never became rich. He didn’t have a fancy chariot or nice clothes. He lived a perfect life and yet was despised, questioned, spat on, yelled at, beaten, called a glutton and a drunkard, was tortured and nailed to a cross to die. He didn’t do all of that because He doesn’t care about you. He did that because He loves you. He’s invested in you.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:16). God cares for you. Don’t forget it and don’t take it for granted.
To find out more about this God read through the book of John in the Bible this week.