Wednesday, September 14, 2016

God Really Cares About You

Chuckle: "Can you just imagine Lazarus trying to explain his resurrection to his life insurance agent?"
Quote: "The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved -- loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves." --Victor Hugo

"Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about what happens to you" (1 Peter 5:7 NLT).
Have you ever felt like nobody cares about you or what happens in your life? Have you felt all alone with no one to whom you could turn for help and encouragement? At times, we can feel that neither God nor the people around us really care. If the sense that nobody cares creeps into your psyche, it can make you lonely, sad, and miserable. God made us to love and to be loved, and when we don't feel loved, it's devastating. God knows this and He helps us understand His character by expressing His amazing, unconditional, and never-ending love for us throughout His beautiful love letter -- The Bible.
If you are living with fears, anxieties, and doubts, it's important to remember that God loves you and wants to relieve you of these debilitating feelings permanently. For this to happen, you must intentionally cast all your cares upon our loving and merciful God. The magnitude of His love is beyond our ability to fully understand as He stands ready to carry your burdens in a much better way than you can ever do for yourself.
It doesn't matter who you are: rich, poor, young, old, healthy, or sick -- God loves everyone of us exactly the same. None of us has a monopoly on God's love. "This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him" (1 John 4:9 NIV).
I'm reminded of the story about Jesus traveling from Jericho to Jerusalem when He encountered a blind beggar named Bartimeus. Jesus heard his cry for help, had mercy on him, and stopped. He forgave Bartimeus of his sins, healed his eyes, and he followed Jesus rejoicing. If Jesus cared about blind Bartimeus, he also cares about you and me. You matter to our Lord no matter the severity of your sins or circumstances.
Not only does God always care about you, He is always with you. He says: "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you" (Hebrews 13:5b NIV). Draw near to God and He will draw near to you -- and He will take away those feelings that no one cares about you. "Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will direct your paths" (Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT). God knows what is best for you and you are wise to trust him completely for guidance in every choice you make.
Love, Jerry & Dotse


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