God Cares for You!

Matthew 13, Mark 4, and Luke 8 record a parable that Jesus told using the example of a man sowing seed. He said some of the seed fell by the wayside, some fell on rocky soil, some among the thorns, and some on good ground. Shortly the disciples ask, “What does this parable mean?”

 

Jesus explained that the seed sown was the Word of God and what happened to it as it was sown in different kinds of soil. He said concerning the thorny soil, “that which fell among the thorns are they who, when they have heard, go forth and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life and bring no fruit to perfection.”

Did you note that Jesus did not say that there would be no cares? He said the cares choked out the seed. The truth is that regardless of what we may have been led to believe when we became believers about our cares and troubles vanishing, they don’t! True believers have cares and burdens which are different for each of us; sickness in our family, financial setbacks, relationships that disappoint for a variety of reasons. James 1:2 speaks to our trials in this life, and the Scriptures are abundant with examples of believers in the Old Testament as well as in the early church who were loaded down with very heavy burdens, some of which they did not understand. Job is the classic case of, “Why has this happened to me?”

Cares are a part of this life and we need to remember and hold it in the forefront of our minds that in spite of how we feel in times of trial that God cares for us. Even as believers the burdens of this life can choke God’s Word to the point we doubt it. 1 Peter 5:6 and 7 tells us to “humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” My thoughts on how to do this are based on an outline Warren Wiersbe gave in a sermon. I was so encouraged by it that I thought it was worth passing on.

There are 4 ways Christ shows His care for us: 1. He gives us the COURAGE to face the problem honestly. Isaiah 41:10 tells us not to be afraid; He is there to help us. 2. He gives us the WISDOM to understand the problem and be led in our handling of it. James1:5 tells us He has promised to give us wisdom. 3. He gives us the STRENGTH to do what is needed and bear it. 4. God gives us the FAITH to trust Him for the outcome. We know He never gives purposeless burdens for His children to bear. Psalm 37:5 assures us He will bring His purposes to pass.

Unfortunately, what I see is too many Christians opting out of dealing with their cares God’s way and going off to figure out what they think is the best way to handle their problems. It is a temptation when you are overwhelmed but it only multiplies the problems. Remember what God told Joshua? ”Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” And Joshua believed what God said and trusted Him all his life and acted accordingly.