Summary: Sometimes it may seem as if God doesn't care. The storms come and we wonder where he is. We are overwhelmed with life's duties and wonder where our help is. A loved one dies unexpectedly and we wonder why God didn't stop it. Does God really care? Yes!
INTRODUCTION: Have you ever felt alone or abandoned? Felt like no one cared? “In December 2000 a German woman living in the city of Marburg, died while at home in her flat. Ten months later her landlord forced open the door to the flat, concerned that she hadn’t paid rent for a long time. It was only then that her body was discovered. It seems the woman had lost contact with her relatives and had no friends, and not even one concerned neighbor. But this is not an isolated instance. Germany regularly has cases where a body is not discovered until weeks, months or even years after the person has died. In one case, a Hamburg man sat dead on his sofa in front of his television for five years before he was found.” Ever felt like God doesn’t care either? We have certain things that happen in life and we wonder-does God care? The simple answer is-‘yes’!
1) Sometimes it may seem as if God doesn’t care.
• Mark 4:35-41 “Don’t you care if we drown?!” It seemed to the disciples that Jesus didn’t care because he wasn’t reacting to the situation the way they were. We can be like that; even with each other. I’ve been accused of that. Generally I’m pretty laid back; I don’t get intense very often. So when something happens and I don’t show the same emotions as others I can be accused of not caring even though I do. The disciples had the same misconception about Jesus. Part of their fear and frustration was because Jesus hadn’t intervened sooner. We are like that. We wonder why Jesus doesn’t come to the rescue at the first sign of trouble. Interestingly Jesus didn’t intervene until they came to him. The disciples tried to handle the storm on their own and at some point wondered why Jesus hadn’t come out to help them so they went to find him. Often times Jesus is this way with us. We think he doesn’t care because he’s not automatically coming to our rescue. Jesus does care-he’s just waiting for us to come to him; waiting for us to initiate; he’s waiting for us to ask, seek and knock.
• Luke 10:38-42 “Don’t you care that Mary has left me to do all the work?!” Initially, Jesus’ actions seemed to indicate that he didn’t care. Here he was sitting there, talking to Mary while Martha did all the work. Chances are Martha was going about wondering while Jesus wasn’t speaking up on her behalf. She got to the point where she couldn’t take it anymore and spoke to Jesus about it. Maybe we’ve been like that. Running around, busy with a million things that need doing, not catching a break, wondering why Jesus doesn’t send us some help. Does he not care that we’re all stressed? Doesn’t he care that I’m overwhelmed by everything I need to do? Did Jesus care about what Martha was dealing with here? Yes, he did care about what Martha was going through. But he cared more about what Martha was missing out on so he wanted to show her what was more important. Sometimes we think Jesus doesn’t care but in reality it’s that Jesus has different priorities than we do. When it seems like Jesus doesn’t care we need to evaluate whether or not we’ve got our priorities straight. We need to care about what Jesus cares about. Jesus cares about our spiritual growth. Jesus cares about lost souls; he cares about the advancement of his kingdom. If we don’t care about these things he will do what he needs to do to get us to care. Therefore, Jesus doesn’t care about our agenda when it’s not his agenda.