Thursday, December 15, 2011

When God Doesn’t Care

By Allen White

See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven. What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish.  Matthew 18:10-14

Ninety-nine is almost 100 percent. If we lost one percent of a dollar, would we leave 99 cents on the counter to search the parking lot for a penny? Even if we lost one percent of $100, is chasing down a buck worth the exercise? Well, maybe in this economy.

The one percent Jesus had in mind was worth far more than the one percent of anything we could quantify. Not even one percent of the national debt could compare.

You and I are significantly valuable to God. It might be easy to assume that others in the Kingdom are more valuable than we are. The reality is God would leave all of them behind in pursuit of you. He would take that risk to secure your eternity.

More often than not, we imagine ourselves among the 99 sheep when in reality at some point, we were the lost one. That’s a little hard to imagine. With over 7 billion people in the world and roughly 2 billion of them Christian, it’s mindboggling to think God has that much concern for each of us.

Human beings are not capable of such a feat. But, God’s ability goes far beyond ours.

I met someone years ago who just couldn’t believe in God. His obstacle went like this: “If every person on the planet prayed simultaneously, how could God acknowledge and answer each one? I just can’t believe there’s a god who can do that.”

I told him that I couldn’t believe in a God who couldn’t hear and answer every prayer from every person on the planet. God cares about each one. Whether our need is a major problem or a minor adjustment, God cares about everything that concerns us.

When do you doubt God’s care? When do you feel forgotten or abandoned? Those thoughts didn’t come from God. The Bible begs to differ: God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5).

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