I want to take a moment to talk to you about the fact that God cares. I think we need to hear that in the midst of this terrible pandemic that is sweeping all over the world.
God really does care. He loves you and He cares for you. He cares about everything that you are concerned about. I know some of you are thinking, “Now, wait a minute. God may be concerned about a president or a prime minister, but certainly not me or my concern about my baby or my job or whatever.” No, God cares!
I know how you feel because I grew up in a church that taught me that God did not care. I went to that church for almost 30 years. They taught two unbiblical concepts: Cessationism and Deism. Cessationism is the idea that everything ceased in the first century: the Holy Spirit went into retirement, spiritual gifts ceased, and God stopped performing miracles. The other concept we had was called Deism. That is the concept that God is an aloof God who does not get involved in our personal lives.
Well, folks, both of those are lies! God is very concerned about you. He loves you. And, He wants you to reach out to Him concerning every concern you have in your life.David Reagan: #God is very concerned about you. He loves you. And, He wants you to reach out to Him concerning every concern you have in your life. Click To Tweet
When I first started really studying the Bible in detail, those two teachings that I followed all of my life just fell apart. For example, over in 1 Corinthians 1:7 it says, “We will not be lacking in any gift as we await eagerly the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ.” The gifts of the Spirit are going to continue right up to the time Jesus returns.
Then I discovered something else. I discovered that in Malachi it says, “God does not change.” And in Hebrews it says, “Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” God is immutable. The God of the Old Testament and the New Testament is the same God of today. He is the God who is on the throne, hears prayers, answers prayers, and still performs miracles. But, He wants you to reach out humbly to Him in faith.
I want to give you a scripture that changed my life, and that is the one found in 1 Peter 5 beginning with verse 6. It says, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time. Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.”
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Outstanding! Thank you!
Amen Dr. Reagan, I really needed to read this today. God Bless You!
Couldn’t be said any better.
Thank you for reaching out to all of us.
I was brought up in Catholic Faith & I still believe, but it get’s hard everyday to understand why our loving God is letting all this happen now. I know we have a troubled world, but why have all these people die, because there are a lot of good people on our earth. Don’t remember the verse, but maybe you can help. Remembering, the Lord said, bring me 100 good people & I will save the city, etc., etc., and just one and I will save the city.
The passage you are referring to sounds like Genesis 18 when Abraham was pleading with the Lord to save any righteous from Sodom (https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis+18&version=NKJV).
Why does God allow suffering? We suffer because of…
1. Our separation from God.
2. Living in a fallen and cursed world.
3. Our free will to make our own bad decisions.
4. Other’s free will to make their own bad decisions.
Read Romans 8:5-39 – http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans%208:5-39;&version=31.
As Christians, we know that living on this fallen earth means having to endure suffering and trials (Jn. 16:33; Phil. 1:27; 1 Thes. 3:3; 1 Pet. 4:12-13). But, remember that God knows what it is to suffer. He allows suffering to allow for free will. He uses our suffering to bring us back to Him when we begin to stray away. But, God walks with us to comfort and get us through suffering, which makes us stronger.
There is hope for the believer in that God will end all suffering. Suffering will end for those who put their faith and trust in Jesus when we leave this fallen world and spend eternity with Him.
As we travel that road of life though, as King David said in Psalm 91, God will walk with us, helping us through those difficulties. Sometimes it feels like God is not with us, and we wonder why He allows bad things to happen to us, but He is there because He promised that “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you” (Heb. 13:5; Deut. 31:6). Those challenges we overcome increases our faith and molds us to becoming more Christ-like, if we “abide” (pull close) in Him.
This life we have on Earth is so short. What we have before us is the real life God has waiting for us that lasts forever. Praise the Lord He’s given us that lifeline of opportunity and hope through Christ’s saving work on the cross.