In this life, when we are experiencing the struggles that caused by so much big problems, sometimes we feel that God is not as concerned with our problems and struggles. We feel that He left us facing the struggle alone. A few weeks ago one of my good friends from Thailand shared her life problems and there were many questions: “God why you let this happen? Why did you leave me to face all of this alone? Where are you, God?” When I am under pressure of the hard problems, does that mean God was sound asleep and unguarded to keep me? Where is God when the load of problems was so heavy pressing my life?
I remembered a story of a missionary, George Lacy. George Lacy was a public school teacher when he and his wife Minnie, decided to take their vocational skills to the mission field. In 1903, they and their five children journeyed to Saltillo, Mexico to organize and operate a school for girls, the Madero Institute. Joy turned to sorrow in December, 1904, when a daughter fell ill with Scarlet fever. She died so quickly and doctors weren’t able to diagnose her illness. Shortly after that, a son also died. In the midst of their sadness and desperation Mrs. Lacy, by the train brought the three oldest children back to Arkansas. But it turns out the sorrow still whack them. Before Mrs. Lacy arrived home, their three remaining children also died because of the fever. In the Lacy’s letter to the Foreign Mission Board, he was describing and uttering the deepest sorrow and despair. In his letter, he wrote: “Sometimes it seems more than we can bear”
Maybe this time there are people around us or even ourselves are experiencing the same problem as George lacy and my friend experienced and we feels seems more than we can bear. We cry out to God with many questions, sometimes even in frustration and anger. When the answers of why and why aren’t apparent, we often feels like He isn’t there, or isn’t listening. We feel that we are alone and in the midst of solitude we ask where God’s position in the midst of our struggles is. These questions does not arise only in us, but some biblical figures were had the same question. David, for an example, let’s see what he said: “Why do You stand afar of, O Lord? Why do You hide Yourself in times of trouble” (Psalm 10:1) “don’t be silent to me…” (Psalm 28:1) “give ear to my prayer, O God, And do not hide yourself…” (Psalm 55:1)
In the today’s world that fraught with hardship led many people begin to lose of direction, begin to doubt the God’s existence and His ability to bring us out from the dark season. Then quickly we conclude that God is no longer love and cares to His children. Is it true that God doesn’t care anymore? Is it true that God is not be able to lift us up out from the troubles? The answer is no! God is able! There is nothing impossible before Him and He can do any miracles to those who believe in Him. God actually always cares and never remiss in caring us. The Bible clearly says:
Behold, He who keeps Israel. Shall neither slumber nor sleep. (Psalm 121:4)
What is the proof that God still cares and loves us? Truthfully, there are so many proofs that God really loves us and still care to each of His children. I take one proof that became the biggest proof of His cares and loves. It is written in the book of John,
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)
Because of our sin Jesus willing to died on the cross to redeem all of our sins. This was the greatest work of God for us as a proof that He really cares and loves us. I think there is no one in this world willing to die solely to save us from our sins. But Jesus did it! Why He did it all? Just Because He cares. Why He cares? He cares because He really loves us! Then do we still thinking that God doesn’t care?!
Let’s back to the George Lacy’s story. They finally decided to return to Mexico, a place where they experienced the deepest sorrow and despair. After forty-six years in Mexico, their mission ended up and their noble work made so many children have touched the love of Christ. The same love that was able sustains them when they were in the deepest trials. I am pondering one thing. Why they were able to get through the big storms of life and were able to continue their mission for more than 40 years? The answer is, it wasn’t purely of their own strength. It was because God cares and loves them and it was the proof of God’s promise that “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
My beloved friends, this evening let me encourage all of us when we are in the midst of hard season, when we are pressured with so much big problems, when we have to bear so much sorrow , and it all seems more than we can bear, let’s us stop thinking that God doesn’t loves us and doesn’t cares anymore. Actually, God is still there watching and protecting us. He is not silent, though the sound of His voice may be hard to discern and the touch of His hand may not be easily felt. He longs to continue to bless us, even promising position as heirs of the Kingdom to all the people who love Him as written:
Listen, my beloved brethren: Has God not chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him? (James 2:5)
We must know and realize that in God there is hope that never goes out and He will strengthen us if we hope in God.
Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart, All you who hope in the Lord.(Psalm 31:24)
God’s promises will not be in vain. God will never break His promises. Trust it earnestly.
My covenant I will not break, Nor alter the word that has gone out of My lips. (Psalm 89:34)
The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is long suffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. (II Peter 3:9)
Any hard problems and trials may come but please believe that God will never leave us and He still cares because He really loves us. Was written in the bible that:
The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, And He delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; For the Lord upholds him with His hand. (Psalm 37:23-24)
Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.
When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches. Because You have been my help, Therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice. My soul follows close behind You; Your right hand upholds me. (Psalm 63:6-8)
And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.”(Deuteronomy 31: 8)
My dear friend, I will end this post with an encouraging song that really encourage, strengthen, comfort me, and always remind me that there is someone cares to us. God still cares to us. My beloved foster sister Sandra sung this beautiful song and I love to share with all of you this evening. I hope and pray that this song could encourage and bless all of us. Amen.
Someone cares and always will
the world forgets you but god loves you still
you cannot go beyond His love no matter what your guilty of
He always loves you, he really loves you
He knows your pain and all your loneliness
His watchful eyes know every path you’ve made
you cannot go beyond His love no matter what your guilty of
He will do miracle for you right here, right now
His love is tender to mend a broken heart
cast down your worries and He will set you free
He’s more than able to make your life anew
someone cares, Jesus cares for you
Karina – Living by faith
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