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Does God Care?

Psalms 55:22 Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall. (NIV)

1 Peter 5: "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble." 6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. (NIV)

Is God crying today? Is Jesus weeping for His children? Is the Holy Spirit grieving? Does God care about us? Does God care about what is going on in the world? Does God care whether there is war on earth? Does God care if man stands upon the brink of massive death and destruction? Does God care if the world sinks into economic and social chaos? Does God care if millions of people no longer care about Him or try to walk in His ways? Does God care whether people destroy their minds and bodies with drugs, alcohol, and destructive life styles? Does God care if, in the U.S., nearly one in four babies conceived is murdered through abortion before the baby is born? Does God care so few people pray to Him? Does God care if man is trying to become more powerful than He? Does God care if the forces of darkness sweeping over the earth are destroying millions of lives and souls? Does God care at all, about anything, or about anyone?

In a world rejecting God, these are important questions to ask. We ask these questions in a rhetorical sense because we want to bring forth the power of God in a dramatic way to convert the world to Christ. In a world caught up in the chaos of sin and darkness, a thinking person who has a sense of the mounting desperation running rampant in the world might well ask if God cares.

The Wrath Of God

For those of us who put God first in our heart each day, it is easy to say "Yes, God cares." It is easy to say God cares when we are not the victims of the darkness. What each of us must do is go beyond the easy answers and look at the heart of God. When we look at the heart of God we see not only our precious Lord Jesus weeping for His children because Jesus cares, we also see a Father God who is both sad and angry. There is anger in Heaven because of what so many of God's children have brought upon the world. God is angry so many persons have turned away from Him. God is angry so many persons have rejected the Love of Christ. God is angry so many persons have filled their life with sin and darkness when these very people had a choice about how they live.

Imagine if you will there is a sort of release mechanism in the sky with the mechanism opening up to the anger of God. Imagine there hangs from this release mechanism holding back the wrath of God, a dark cord. If anyone so chooses, a person can pull down upon this dark cord and the wrath of God comes pouring down upon the person. Who would do such a thing as pulling down the wrath of God? What insanity! What lunacy to pull down the wrath of God upon oneself! Yet, pulling down the wrath of God upon oneself is what millions of souls living upon the earth have done and continue to do. Yet, in the human foolishness of pulling down wrath upon themselves, God weeps for and cares for the sinner.

For Those Who Suffer

Yes, God does care and because He cares God is weeping, along with our Precious Savior, over the suffering and pain of His children upon the earth. How long must His children suffer at the hands of those who inflict the suffering? God has patience but His patience will not last forever. God is weeping over the pain inflicted upon His children by cancer, AIDS, ebola, starvation, oppression, fear, violence, war, poverty, and all the many infestations of the body and soul.

God's Infinite Caring

Yes, God does care. God cares more and is in contact with the suffering of His children more than any of us could know or imagine. The very nature of God causes God to care. God never turns His back upon anyone. God sent His only Son into the world because God cares about each of us in general and you in particular. God's love and caring are infinite. It is because God's love and caring are infinite He was willing to let His Son die upon the Cross. God's very closeness to our heart causes Him unimaginable grief when we turn away from Him. God's very presence in our life causes Him to grow angry with us when we profane Him and we disparage His calling upon our heart.

God Cares About The Perpetrator

Yes, God cares about both the suffering victim and about the person who inflicts suffering upon others. In our humanity, we cannot always understand a God so loving, kind, and tender He could care both about the victim and about the sick mind of the perpetrator. In God's caring and compassionate heart, there is room for every soul no matter what the condition of the soul might be. In the heart of God, there is an infinite love for every person and creature on earth. There is no person who suffers who is not held close to God's heart. There is no person who commits crimes who God does not love.

We cannot fathom this kind of love. However, we do not need to understand this love because our job is to show this kind of love. It is up to us to show Christ's unfathomable love to those who are hurting and those who are lost in sinful darkness.

God Cares And Walks With You

Yes, God cares and He knows your suffering. Your suffering, pain, isolation, and loneliness are a burden God carries upon His heart. You are not alone in your life. Someone is walking with you and beside you every moment you breathe the breath of life. The person beside you is your most wonderful Savior and Friend, Jesus Christ. You will never walk your path of life by yourself. You will never be by yourself. You will not gasp for air in the pain of living by yourself.

Your muscles and joints may cry out in pain, yet your God is always pushing you to live life as much as possible. Your heart may break at the suffering you endure, but God holds your heart in His hands because your heart is treasured by Him. No life on earth is ever lived without God knowing the person living that life. No microbe lives without the knowledge of God. We cannot understand all of this mystery. We cannot fathom all God is and does in our life and in the life of others. What we can fathom and what we can understand is the presence of God's love in our heart. We can understand most clearly how each of us has the power to accept or reject the love we call God. Each of us, every second we are alive, does make the decision to accept or reject the love we call God.

Every Excuse Is A Lie

What grieves God so deeply is how so many people reject Him. No matter how many excuses we might use to reject God, the fact remains we use excuses to try and leave Him out of our life. Everyone has at least one good excuse to not come to the heart of God. Everyone has at least one good excuse not to lay all of his or her life at the foot of the Cross. Everyone has a resounding reason they can use to say God does not care. However, God knows all of our excuses and reasons are lies. Every person who makes excuses also knows every excuse and every reason used to reject Christ is a lie. We can reject God and have our reasons. We can reject God and have our excuses. Some of us can even blame God for our rejecting Him. However, we all know we are using a lie to not be close to Him. In our relationship with God, each of us knows when we are telling lies. God also knows when we lie. However, even when you lie to Him, God still loves you. Even when you use excuses, God still holds your life and heart close to Him.

We Must Not Lie To God

God cares and it is time each of us owns up. In owning up and telling the truth, we must first confront the truth God does care about us. We must confront the truth God does love us beyond measure. We must confront the truth God holds each of us close to Him as well has holding each of us accountable for what we do and the decisions we make. It is because God loves us so much we must not lie to Him. It is because God loves us so much we must turn away from our old life of sin and darkness. It is because God loves us so much we must surrender our life and place all we are at the foot of the Cross.

What God Wants

What God wants for each of us is a surrendered earthly life full of hope, promise, and Light from His Son. Even at the very last hour of our life, God wants us to live out our last hour with hope for Heaven. Even in the very last hour of life, God wants us to be full of joy at the prospect of seeing Him and His glorious kingdom. Tragically, millions of persons today reject His hope. Sadly, millions of persons reject His love and care. Disastrously, millions of persons, knowing full well what they are doing, refuse to go to Him and live as God and His Son have called them to live. Not only have people rejected God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit, but many of these people also openly and with forethought promote the evils of the darkness without conscience or regret.

Millions Of Sinful Hands

It is because so many people are openly and with forethought rejecting God, that God's wrath will be poured out upon the earth. Millions of sinful hands reach up every second to pull down upon the darkened chord holding back the wrath of God. Millions now living upon the earth pull down the wrath of God upon their life. Please, dear reader, understand we are coming close to a time of cumulative effect. Even as millions of sinful hands pull down the wrath of God, God has been holding back. However, there will come a time when God's holding back will be no more. There will come a time when so many persons live in utter unrighteousness, God will hold back no longer. When we look at God and see His love, we also see when His love, care, and compassion are rejected there comes a time of wrath. God's wrath will not come upon the people of the earth because God does not love us. God's wrath will come upon the earth because so many people have pulled down His wrath upon themselves by rejecting His Son.

Every Person Knows

Perhaps you believe God will not really vent His anger and wrath upon us. Perhaps you believe no matter how sinful life upon the earth becomes, God will always turn a blind eye to our sin. However, look at what is happening at this moment upon the earth. At this moment, you see people who either do not care about God at all, or people who are openly working against God and His hope-filled agenda for each of us. In their ignorance, men and women not only make themselves the victims of their own decisions to reject God, they also make others the victims of their decisions. We must not make excuses for ourselves or for others. Every person knows the consequences of walking away from God. Even persons who have never heard about the saving grace of Christ know on a spiritual level, they are walking away from God when they make decisions. Each person has an innate sense of right and wrong, else no society could stay in tact. Our innate sense of right and wrong is pinged by the Holy Spirit. Persons come to Christ because the Holy Spirit touches the conscience of the person lost in sin.

At this moment in history, we are all without excuse. We are without excuse because God does care about us and we know it. No matter how much we hurt, we know God does care about us.

God Cares About Corruption

Yes, God cares about the corruption in governments and in the hearts of leaders around the world. God cares and is grieving about this corruption. God expects those in leadership positions in every group and nation to reflect His love and His authority. When leaders fail, God's wrath builds up.

God Cares About Abuse

Yes, God cares about the use of substances corrupting and corroding the human body. Still, His love extends to persons who abuse substances just as His love extends to those who are victims of the substance abuser. However, God demands each person stop the abuse of the body. God demands each person cast a person's whole being before Him and give Him thanks in love and obedience. When men and women do not care, then God's wrath comes pouring out into the soul of the abuser and the abuser lives a hell on earth.

God Cares About World Events

Yes, God does care about so many of the world events now spinning out of control. When war is waged, God is weeping. When men, women, and children die in conflicts of ideas, theologies, or just plain hatred, God does care.

What God Has Done

At this point, most of you have another question. That question is, "If God cares, then why doesn't He do something?" God has already done something. God has already sent His Son into the world to save us from the fate we are now writing upon our life. You know in your heart, whether you are for God or against Him, God will do something more. You know God will not sit idly by and watch as the darkness of Satan continues to prevail. You know the anger of God is building up moment by moment. You know God's wrath in full measure will pour out upon the earth.

The Consuming Fire

Imagine how if men and women upon the earth led godly lives there would be no pulling whatsoever upon the mechanism holding back God's wrath. However, we must be honest. We must be honest and realize the weight of sin pulling down the wrath of God in our modern time is so great the mechanism can no longer stand the strain. We have gone astray. When the wrath comes upon the earth the consuming fire will occur because sinful men and women turned away from God, mocked Him, and did not accept Christ Jesus into their heart and life.

Are You Ready?

What is most important is the question, are you prepared? Are you eager to see His nail-scarred hands? Are you ready to see Jesus today? Will you stand before Him without spot, blemish, or excuse? Will you stand before Jesus when you meet Him face to face with joy in your heart? Can you withstand the persecution of the darkness of Satan with a hope for a future full of glory? Are you ready today to breathe your last breath with a heart full of joy?

Your Preparation

Your preparation for your meeting with the Savior is instantaneous. When you look back at your life and you see how you have not lived as He wants you to live, turn to Him, apologize to Him, and commit all you are to living for Him. When you give your life to Christ you get back a new life. You get back an eternal life full of hope and glory…because He cares for you. He loves you. Open your heart today to receive Christ's love. Open your heart to Him and all things become new. Open your life to His touch and all darkness disappears in the light of His glory and grace.

Indeed, God cares!

This message was revised, edited, and reposted, March 2009 in the Virtual Church web site at http://www.findthepower.com

 

 

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