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Friday, June 10, 2016

Remembering that God Is Aware, and That He Cares

In review of Psalm 103:13 it says, “As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him”

Bottom Line:
As a father is kind to his children, so is the Lord to those who take him seriously.

What this means to me:
God has even more compassion on me than my early father, God considers me his child. As such he shows me compassion because I take him and what he says seriously.

Today's passage comes from Psalm 103 where David reflects on God's character and nature. David has many great things to praise God for. He reflects on how much God cares for us. Because of this God is worthy of all of our praise.

As this passage explains, God is a caring, loving, compassionate father. He loves me more than I can ever understand. He loves me more than I can ever comprehend. God is love, and he made me to love me. He is loving toward me in everything that he does, and his compassion is his most outstanding quality. God is a caring father.

This passage in Psalm 103:13 tells me, “As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him” (NIV). This means He cares about everything in my life, compassionately.

Most of the disciples were professional fishermen. One day when they were out fishing, Jesus got tired and curled up in one end of the boat and went to sleep. When a storm came up, it shouldn’t have bothered the disciples. As fishermen, they were used to storms. But this must have been a big one, because they got really scared. The ship was rocking and rolling, and water was coming into the boat. They were frantic and woke up Jesus to ask him one of the most important questions in life: “Lord, don’t you care?”

This is a common question that comes to mind for me.  Often I look at my state of affairs, my problems, my concerns and think, “don’t you care?”  What David reminds me of in this passage is that the answer is yes, God cares. In fact, he cares more than I care. He wants to help more than I want help. He knows what will help me more than I know what will help me. He is aware, and he cares.

When things out of my control pop up around me, I need to remember what Peter wrote, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7 NIV).

When I know and feel how much your heavenly Father constantly and compassionately cares, it’s much easier for me to love him back. Whenever I feel like God is a million miles away, it’s probably because I have forgotten the kind of caring Father he really is. Remembering this is the first step to inner peace.

As I reflect on my life over the last few weeks I’ve had some really trying and problem times at work. Enough so, it makes me wonder if it’s time to move on from this job.  I think I’ve been trying to handle all of those issue on my own strength. I don’t think I’ve invited God into these situations to help me and I’ve certainly not thought to “cast all my anxieties on him.”

Today’s passage is a great reminder of not only how God loves me so dearly, but is always available to help me.  I just need to make sure I don’t compartmentalize my life. Jesus should be at the core of everything I do, not just my outside of work life.