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“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” (I Peter 5:5-8).

            In 1901 Frank E. Graeff wrote the hymn “Does Jesus Care?” The words: “Does Jesus care when my heart is pained Too deeply for mirth and song, As the burdens press, and the cares distress, And the way grows weary and long? O yes, He cares, I know He cares, His heart is touched with my grief; When the days are weary, the long nights dreary, I know my Savior cares” are still being sung regularly by many of God’s people. 

            God’s love for mankind is clearly revealed throughout history. He has always been faithful in keeping His promises to man. Moses told Israel: “Know therefore that the Lord thy God, He is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love Him and keep His commandments to a thousand generations (Deuteronomy 7:9). The Hebrew letter tells us, “Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for He is faithful that promised)” (Hebrews 10:23).

            God’s care for man was clearly seen as He led Israel out of bondage and cared for their needs. He protected them from the armies of Pharaoh (Exodus 14:19-20). He divided the sea and allowed Israel to cross on dry land (Exodus 14:21-22). When Pharaoh’s army had followed Israel into the sea, God caused the sea to close on them so that not one was spared (Exodus 14:23-28). Moses recorded, “Thus the Lord saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians; and Israel saw the Egyptians dead upon the sea shore. And Israel saw that great work which the Lord did upon the Egyptians: and the people feared the Lord, and believed the Lord, and His servant Moses” (Exodus 14:30-31). He fed them with manna and quails (Exodus 16:12-14). Joshua reminded Israel that the Lord had faithfully performed all that He had promised them. He stated, “And, behold, this day I am going the way of all the earth: and ye know in all your hearts and in all your souls, that not one thing hath failed of all the good things which the Lord your God spake concerning you; all are come to pass unto you, and not one thing hath failed thereof” (Joshua 23:14).

            God’s care for mankind extends into the New Testament era. God had promised a savior for not only Israel, but for all of humanity (Isaiah chapters 52-53). Jesus stated, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). God kept His promise to Abraham in sending the seed which was offered for all of humanity Paul wrote, “Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ” (Galatians 3:16).

            God’s care was promised by Jesus for all those who obey Him. In the “Sermon on the Mount” Jesus talked about the birds and the grass telling the multitude that God who cares for these also would take care of their needs. He stated, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.  Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble” (Matthew 6:33-34 NKJV). 

            Every Christian can call on the Lord in times of joy, pain, and/or persecution. Jesus promised, “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Hebrews 13:5). As He was about to leave His disciples Jesus comforted them saying, “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:1-3 NKJV).   

            It is a wonderful thing to know that God cares for His own people. Frank E Graeff wrote, “Does Jesus care when I’ve said ‘good-by’ To the dearest on earth to me, And my sad heart aches till it nearly breaks - Is it ought to Him does He see?  O yes, He cares, I know He cares, His heart is touched with my grief; When the days are weary, the long nights dreary, I know my Savior cares.”  Paul told the brethren at Philippi “But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).

            Let us trust God and allow Him to show His care in all areas of our lives (Proverbs 3:5-6).

 

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