Summary: Jesus cares far more that many actually realize
When good things happen to us, we are all too ready to
praise Him for His loving care.
A. Certainly this is right.
1. Nobody has to force us to recognize the
hand of the Lord, in this blessing.
B. Most of us are not really that quick to recognize
that God loves and cares for us when something
that we perceive as bad, happens to us.
1. Because the perceived bad things also happen
to us.....should we consider that, in these
cases and at these times.....JESUS DOES
NOT CARE FOR US????
We all have prayed for safety on the roads and have
thanked the Lord for His loving care for us....as we reflect
on that safety.
A. Perhaps it was a “near miss”.....or we might have
come upon an accident just minutes after it has
1. But as we think about it.....is this to say that
when a Christian dies in an automobile
accident......that God didn’t especially care
much about them.....or that He was punishing
them for something?
Christians should spend some time rethinking this issue.
A. As we go through the Bible, we often see that
God greatly cares for the people that He loves.
1. We can also readily see that.....even though
He cares, bad things can happen.
One thing that needs to enter into our thinking is this.....
God loved us so much that He made everything good...
A. It is man and the consequences of mankind’s
sin which has introduced bad things into our life.
1. It is satan working to induce man to sin that
has left us with evil things and bad things
in our lives.
2. It was Adam and Eve that introduced such
things as: Pain and suffering.....death....
hard physical labor for our entire lives.
God cared enough to send His Son to take care of the
spiritual consequences of this sin.....but God has not and
will not take away the physical consequences.
A. Understand that...even though it may seem to us
that God does not care....He does care and He
is walking with us.
Heb. 13:5-6 - 5Stay away from the love of money; be
satisfied with what you have. For God has said, “I will
never fail you.I will never forsake you.”6That is why
we can say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper, so
I will not be afraid.What can mere mortals do to me?”
1. When we perceive that God doesn’t care...it is
our perception that is wrong.
To better illustrate the point, we will take a close look at
some Bible people and passages.
I. No dissertation on the idea of God working with
someone and allowing bad things to happen....even
though He deeply loved and cared for that individual....
would be complete without including the account of
Job. 1:1-5,12,22 - 1There was a man named Job who
lived in the land of Uz. He was blameless, a man of
complete integrity. He feared God and stayed away from
evil. 2He had seven sons and three daughters. 3He owned
seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred
teams of oxen, and five hundred female donkeys, and he
employed many servants. He was, in fact, the richest person
in that entire area.
4Every year when Job’s sons had birthdays, they invited
their brothers and sisters to join them for a celebration. On
these occasions they would get together to eat and drink.
5When these celebrations ended—and sometimes they
lasted several days—Job would purify his children. He
would get up early in the morning and offer a burnt
offering for each of them. For Job said to himself, “Perhaps
my children have sinned and have cursed God in their
hearts.” This was Job’s regular practice. 12“All right, you
may test him,” the LORD said to Satan. “Do whatever you
want with everything he possesses, but don’t harm him
physically.” So Satan left the LORD’S presence. 22In all of
this, Job did not sin by blaming God.
A. Nobody reading the book of Job could come away
with the mistaken impression that God did not
love or care for Job.
1. God cared so much for Job, that....towards the
back of the book, He punished the so-called
“friends” of Job.
2. Also....in the end....Job was richly rewarded
for what he had gone through.
B. Through the hindsight given to us from God’s
Word, we know WHY this test came to Job.
1. To the best of my understanding....JOB
NEVER DID KNOW WHY!!!!!
C. We want to know: Who, What, When, Why, How.
1. Our understanding...our faith....our trust in
God....and our trust in the fact that He does
care......removes the need to know these
a. We do not need to know everything
before we can trust God.
D. Even though God loved and cared for Job, very