Have you had just about enough to say, “I don’t care”. What gets us to that point? Is it when we feel like there is nothing left for us to do or say in any given situation? Is it just an attitude of expression or lack of effective communication? Is it born out of selfish motivations or lack of interest?
In life we all have problems of one kind or another. Illness, loss of income, low pay, unexpected bills, emergencies and the list goes on. We face bereavement, family pressures and loneliness. The life of the Christian is not a bed of roses and even if it was a bed of roses, we must remember a rose often has thorns. In other words, everyone goes through life. Life is good at times and life is stressful at times. Finding balance sometimes takes a while. God doesn’t promise us that life will be fair, for it is not. However, He cares enough to listen, to wait, to provide, and to love us while we are going through life. Whatever the trial, we can be assured that it has been filtered through His love. Through this caring we should learn valuable lessons. Strength built during today’s trial prepares for the next one and also to help others down the road. Just as with athletes, our spiritual muscles are built as we lift current spiritual burdens and endure today’s fiery trial. It isn’t easy and yes during those times we cry and wonder why.
It is sad to see people come to God when they need Him for situations yet never learn to love Him. It is hard to understand God’s caring from our human point of view. If people come to us for help and never change or learn from their circumstances or even be thankful, we has humans want to turn away from those who don’t show gratitude much less help them again. I have seen many people come to church, go to the alter to ask for forgiveness, or to get prayer for sickness or disease. Everyone rejoices when God heals or answers his or her prayers and there is much praise given to God. Then it is like an “I don’t care” attitude takes over. Healed on Sunday, where are they on Wednesday? Wallowing back in their sinful lifestyle until another crisis hits? God must have much mercy and patience with us humans because we base our decisions with I won’t help them unless they help themselves. It has to break God’s heart that they opt out of God’s training program for eternal life with “I don’t care” attitude. It’s not God’s fault, for He assures us that “everything works for good with those who love him”, and that “no temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tested beyond your strength. However with the temptation, He also provides a way of escape, that you may be able to endure it“. There’s a way out – but it doesn’t necessarily mean the burden is removed. God provides ways and means to help us bear burdens. These promises are for His children. We all are His children, everyone included. God cares and He loves us, we choose to care or not. We have the freedom to choose and some of our choices lead to incidents that come with life. Such incidents remind us of our vulnerability. Life is vulnerable and is pure gift. We are utterly, completely dependent on God because we are fragile and God upholds us gently. Our God cares, for this God is Immanuel, God with us and this God does not give advice from a safe distance but enters our world with us to wipe away our tears. He is the God who knows us by name, not even death can separate the love He has for us. I am glad He doesn’t get the “I don’t care” attitude!
I Peter 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he cares for you.