Is There a God Who Cares?
Each individual is but a tiny dot on this massive planet on which we live, and our planet is but a tiny dot in the universe.
Could it be possible, though, that there is a God who cares for us individually?
Some would argue that there is no such thing as a god who cares about us. In his book The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe Without Design, Richard Dawkins wrote, “Natural selection, the blind, unconscious, automatic process which Darwin discovered, and which we now know is the explanation for the existence and apparently purposeful form of all life, has no purpose in mind. It has no mind and no mind’s eye. It does not plan for the future. It has no vision, no foresight, no sight at all.”
According to Dawkins, there was no god watching over the formation of this world, and there is certainly no god watching over any of us today.
The ancient Greeks believed in many gods, but they did not believe that it was in the nature of the gods to care about us. William Barclay points out that in Greek thinking, the primary attribute of the gods was apathy. He explains their perspective: “How did the Greeks come to attribute such a characteristic to God? They argued like this: If we can feel sorrow or joy, gladness or grief, it means that someone can have an effect upon us. Now, if a person has an effect upon us, it means that for the moment that person has power over us. No one can have any power over God; and this must mean that God is essentially incapable of feeling any emotion whatsoever. The Greeks believed in an isolated, passionless and compassionless God.”
The argument is logical: Why would God care for individuals if such care would subject God to sorrow and pain over the troubles of those whom God cares for?
Wycliffe Bible translator Ray Elliott ran up against something similar as he worked with a man named Cu while translating 1 Peter 5:7 into the Nebaj Ixil dialect in Guatemala. Every time Elliott tried a different way of translating “God cares for you” into Nebaj Ixil, Cu would reply, “We can’t say that!” Nothing in Ixil culture or history supported the idea of God caring on a personal level. But as Elliott kept trying to find a way to translate that phrase, Cu finally blurted out, “You mean God really DOES care for each person as an individual?”
Over and over and over again, the Bible assures us that God cares for us immensely and personally!
David became convinced of this. So when he was captured by the Philistines (in 1 Samuel 21:10-15), David cried out to God (Psalm 56), and he declared (verse 8), “Record my misery; list my tears on your scroll—are they not in your record?”
David had discovered that God not only cares about us, but He honors and cherishes our misery and our tears. Rather than ignoring or overlooking our sorrows and our hurts, God keeps a personal record of them.
It is an incredible thing to know and to take to heart that our tears matter that much to God!
In her book When God Weeps, Joni Eareckson Tada remarks, “God, like a father, doesn’t just give advice. He gives himself. He becomes the husband to the grieving widow (Isaiah 54:5). He becomes the comforter to the barren woman (Isaiah 54:1). He becomes the father of the orphaned (Psalm 10:14). He becomes the bridegroom to the single person (Isaiah 62:5). He is the healer to the sick (Exodus 15:26). He is the wonderful counselor to the confused and depressed (Isaiah 9:6). This is what you do when someone you love is in anguish; you respond to the plea of their heart…. It’s the only answer that ultimately matters.
Yes, you matter immensely and personally to God! He holds your tears in His scroll; He gives His heart to you!