Does God Care About
Sometimes as you stop to consider the number of people on the earth you become overwhelmed by the sheer number in so many countries surrounding the globe. It can make you feel very small to realize that you are one of billions who live on the earth. And it can cause you to question: does God really care about me? Sure, God cares about all the people of the world, but is that just in a general way or does He care about me specifically? Sometimes just walking down a busy street you can stop and wonder, “God, do you even know I exist? And if you do, what do you know about me? Do you consider me at all?”
Or maybe you are looking up into the sky at night and realizing how huge the universe is and you stop to wonder why God would care about the things on this small planet by the Sun. King David pondered this question himself in Psalm 8:3-4, “When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained, what is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit [or give attention to] him?”
This is a timeless question and one Jesus answered when He was on the earth. “Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows” (Matthew 10:29-31). God is so supreme in thought and power, He knows all things beyond our comprehension, even a thing as small as a sparrow falling to the ground.
However, when God created you, He did it with a plan and with a design for our lives much bigger than that of any bird. David continued his question in Psalm 8 by asking “What is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him? For You have made him a little lower than the angels and you have crowned him with glory and honor” (verses 4-5).
God made man in His image for the purpose of bringing many sons to glory (Genesis 1:26-27; Hebrews 2:10). God knows you and loves you very intimately. “God so loved the world” is how the famous verse, John 3:16, begins. God loves and cares for the world. However, it is not this world, but the people that He made for which He cares so deeply. Jesus was sent as a sacrifice in order to save the world, but not as a group. The saving power in the sacrifice happens one sinner, one person, at a time. That sacrifice was perfect and fit for just one person, you! God loved you so much that He gave His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to die for you.
And why would Jesus die for you? For the joy set before Him, to bring you to glory (Hebrews 2:9-10; 12:2). The joy set before Jesus was that you would receive the adoption to be a son of God just like Jesus, that you would be a co-heir with Jesus and that you would live eternally in a body just like Jesus’ (Romans 8:14-23; I Corinthians 15:42-53). God the Father and Jesus know you very well and they have offered to you the joy of eternal life. They want to share with you all the goodness they know.
While God offers this promise to all who will change and accept it, He offers it to each of us one at a time. There is no all or nothing when it comes to humans. He loves us all, but He loves us all individually and calls us individually unto Himself (John 6:44; 15:16). God knew you from the beginning and He loves you specifically. “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb… my frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be” (Psalm 139:13-16).
God loves you very much. He thinks about you, watches over you and desires that you will embrace His promises and partake of the good things He offers to you. Never doubt how much He loves you. He sent His Son to die for you to demonstrate how earnest He is about you living with Him forever.
- Written by David Liesenfelt Copyright © 2004