Aug 8, 2013

God Does Care

Years ago I attended the memorial service of the wife of a friend/co-laborer in ministry. She died at a young age after a heroic battle with cancer. She fought the good fight; we saw (and the doctors) tumors shrink, life extended; and yet she died.

And, to this day, I still don’t know why. In fact, both life and death are hard subjects to wrap our minds around. No matter who we read or talk to, we ALL still can have questions that are not answered. And so, if we want to get off the treadmill of “why?” we have to look elsewhere for answers.

I came across the following recently when sorting through some old papers. It is written by a man named Bob Benson in his book "See You At The House"

"When life caves in, you do not need reasons, you need comfort. You do not need some answers, you need someone. And Jesus does not come to us with an explanation; He comes to us with His presence.

We are always seeking the reason. We want to know why. Like Job, we finally want God to just tell us what is going on...

But God does not reveal His plan, He reveals Himself. He comes to us as warmth when we are cold, fellowship when we are alone, strength when we are weak, peace when we are troubled, courage when we are afraid, songs when we are sad, and bread when we are hungry.

He is with us on our journeys. He is there when we are home. He sits with us at our table. He knows about funerals and weddings and commencements and hospitals and laughter and rest and tears. He knows because He is with us. He comes to us again and again.”
(copyright 1989 by Generoux Nelson, a division of Thomas Nelson Publishers.)

My friend; I’m not sure what is going on in your life today or how you happen to come across this writing. But I want you to know that in your quest to find answers it is my sincere hope that you come to know the One who has all the answers.

Today, He is waiting with arms wide open waiting to show Himself to you. Call out to Him, won’t you? It doesn’t matter where you have been or what you have done; He wants to be with you. The rest, any mess that you have made or found yourself in, He will take care of because He does care.

 The Bible tells us:

“It’s the word of faith that welcomes God to go to work and set things right for us. This is the core of our preaching. Say the welcoming word to God—“Jesus is my Master”—embracing, body and soul, God’s work of doing in us what he did in raising Jesus from the dead. That’s it. You’re not “doing” anything; you’re simply calling out to God, trusting him to do it for you. That’s salvation. With your whole being you embrace God setting things right, and then you say it, right out loud: “God has set everything right between him and me!”

Scripture reassures us, “No one who trusts God like this—heart and soul—will ever regret it.” It’s exactly the same no matter what a person’s religious background may be: the same God for all of us, acting the same incredibly generous way to everyone who calls out for help. “Everyone who calls, ‘Help, God!’ gets help.” (Romans 10:8-13 MSG)

The Message (MSG) Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson

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