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.”