Sometimes it is hard to believe but the God who created the heavens and the earth cares for us personally and deeply.
God is infinite in his majesty and splendor. He has no beginning and no end. He is so majestic in his glory and holiness that the highest order of created beings, the seraphim, cannot even look directly on his glory. (Isaiah 6). Yet the Bible tells us that the One who flung the galaxies into space, who created the oceans and the deserts, mountain ranges and Everglades is genuinely concerned about our needs. That is just so hard to fathom.
When I first became a Christian I thought God had to be so busy running the universe that he couldn’t possibly have time to listen to my petty needs.
I thought about a movie with the old comedian WC Fields where he was on a stage and a little boy was near the front trying to get his attention and he said “Get away from me boy, you bother me!” That’s sort of how I felt about God. How could he be bothered with my tiny problems when he had to make sure Saturn’s rings stayed in place and the moon kept rotating around the earth? Like it says in Psalm 8:
When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
what is man that you are mindful of him,
and the son of man that you care for him? Psalm 8:3-4
When we look at the heavens we can feel like why should God care about us? We’re less than specks of dirt compared to the stars and galaxies. But God tells us this in his word:
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” 1 Peter? ?5:6-7
What? God cares for us?! He really cares for us? Yes! And he invites us to bring all our worries, anxieties, needs and concerns to him.
It’s interesting that God starts by telling us we should humble ourselves.
So often I forget to do this. I try to take life on in my own strength. I try to deal with things without asking for help.
Once I was putting in a new toilet and as I was screwed one of the bolts down I suddenly cracked the toilet. “Aargh!“ I groaned out loud. From the other room my wife called, “What’s wrong?“ “I just cracked the toilet,“ I said. “Now I have to get another new one.“ “Did you pray about it before you started?“ she asked. “No! And I’m not going to!“ I shouted back in my total frustration. I repented of my attitude a few minutes later, but it was a good reminder that I should ask for God‘s help even when I do something like installing a toilet. I should pray especially because of my lack of home maintenance skills.
It is humbling to admit we need help. To acknowledge that we are not in control.
And the longer my life goes on the more I realize this. I have no control over anything. I am so weak. And the first step to getting help is to admit that I need it.
And God tells us that when we do humble ourselves under his mighty hand that he will “exalt us” at the proper time. In other words God will lift us up in his perfect timing.
It’s hard to wait for God‘s timing but we must trust him and continue to bring our cares to him.
And when we do, he has a “proper time” – a perfect time – to answer our prayers. We must remember as we pray and as we wait that the story is not over yet. And we must continue to bring our cares to him.
God tells us to cast all our anxieties on him. All of them. Large or small.
Our anxieties about our children, our anxieties about our finances, our anxieties about direction in life. God never gets tired of us bringing our cares to him. God never says, “you already asked for that so quit asking.“ No, he tells us in Matthew 7 to keep asking, keep seeking, and keep knocking.“
God never gets annoyed with our continual asking and pleading. And the reason is is “because he cares for you.“ Isn’t that amazing? The God who created the galaxies truly genuinely cares for us.
And he cares for us because he paid the highest price that could ever be paid to adopt us, the blood of Jesus his Son.
And now we are God’s precious children. And he reminds us that if we humans care so much for our children how much more does he care for his children. As he tells us and Isaiah:
“Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you.” Isaiah 49:15
God cares for us! Deeply, personally. He never takes his eyes off of us. Never forgets us. Never takes a break. He never slumbers nor sleeps. He watches over us while we are sleeping, waking and every moment of our lives.
This is the amazing, personal, loving God we serve. So let us humbly bring our every need to him. He is just waiting for us to come to him.
And remember, if you haven’t yet seen the answer to your prayers, the story isn’t over yet.