“. . .I am concerned about their suffering.” Exodus 3:7
A couple of years ago, network TV came up with a unique idea for a show: Have the CEO of a company chain go undercover and witness firsthand how the company is run at the ground level. The show is called Undercover Boss. Company presidents would go incognito to various stores to see what was really happening. Often they walked away with a renewed appreciation of what it really takes to work at their company. It makes us realize that unless they see it firsthand, they cannot really know what others are going through.
Sometimes we think that about God. “How can God know what I’m experiencing?” But God does know about your suffering, difficulties and woes. And He is concerned about it. It is true in one sense God is removed from us, but in another real sense. He is very close by. We are tempted to run to friends and family members with our problems because we think they will understand. But God understands too, and cares very much for His children. Read carefully the following passages:
“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are, yet He did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” (Hebrews 4:15-16).
“Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7).
“ As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy” (James 5:11).
Do you need a friend that sticks closer than a brother? Do you feel lonely and abandoned, unsure whether anyone really cares about you? Are you carrying a weight to heavy to bear, and need help? Then run to God’s loving arms, cast your burden on Him, and realize He knows your sorrows, and cares about you.
Going to concerned friends and family members with our problems can prove helpful. But don’t forget that God can actually do something about it! Go to Him first, and let Him demonstrate His care for you.
In The Valley He Restoreth My Soul
When I'm low in spirit I cry, 'Lord lift me up.
I want to go higher with thee!'
But the Lord knows I can't live on the mountain,
so he picked out a valley for me.
He leads me beside still waters,
somewhere in the valley below.
He draws me aside to be tested and tried,
but in the valley he restoreth my soul.
Posted on Fri, August 3, 2012
by Sam Petitfils