You Make God Concerned // Saturday, August 30
Posted: Saturday, August 30
2 Corinthians 4:1-12
Verse of the day:
But it is wrong to say God doesn’t listen, to say the Almighty isn’t concerned. You say you can’t see him, but he will bring justice if you will only wait. (Job 35:13-14)
Often times I’ve prayed for myself and others wondering if God even hears me. Or not even that he doesn’t hear me, but rather what I’m asking for is insignificant compared to the more serious needs across the 7 billion other people on the planet. Me asking God to heal my pesky headache seems so minuscule when there’s kids in Iraq getting their heads cut off simply because their family claims Jesus is Lord. Does God listen or even care about my first world problems?
There’s other times I pray for a need and ask myself, “What if God doesn’t want this person to be healed or provide the thing we’re asking for?” Job’s friend Elihu, though confused on some of his theology, gets it right when he says that God does care. In times when it seems like God isn’t around or even available, we have to remember that that thought is wrong! It’s wrong! God Almighty IS concerned with your life! Every detail of it!
God’s inherent nature is love, God is love, and that makes him want the best for us in all situations, whether in suffering or at high points. The prophet Isaiah wrote about God’s goodness and faithfulness in Isaiah 30:18 (MSG), “But God’s not finished. He’s waiting around to be gracious to you. He’s gathering strength to show mercy to you. God takes the time to do everything right—everything. Those who wait around for him are the lucky ones.”
Maybe you’re in the thick of it right now, and you’re not sure if God is even concerned with what you’re going through. I’m happy to tell you as Elihu said, you’re wrong to think that! God wants to use what you’re going through to refine you and shape the best in you. You can’t see Him, and you can’t see what God is doing behind the scenes, but keep faith strong because He is good and wants the best for your life.
Pastor Joshua Humpa // Special Events Pastor