This is a question that we most often ask during difficult times, during times of pain, sorrow and loneliness. We know God cares for the world but does He care for you and for me?
We are not alone in asking this, David a man after God’s own heart asked this question.
We read in the book of Psalms
How long, O Eternal One? How long will You forget me? Forever?
How long will You look the other way? How long must I agonize,
grieving Your absence in my heart every day?
How long will You let my enemies win?
How long must we endure, O Eternal One?
Will You hide Yourself forever?
Why are You still hiding from us?
Why are You still ignoring our suffering and trouble?
O Lord, why do you stand so far away?
Why do you hide when I am in trouble?
I do not think God is offended by this questions, I also believe He has already provided answers.
We know God cares for us because of His actions
For God expressed His love for the world in this way: He gave His only Son so that whoever believes in Him will not face everlasting destruction, but will have everlasting life.
And we can see that it was while we were powerless to help ourselves that Christ died for sinful men.
If, while we were his enemies, Christ reconciled us to God by dying for us, surely now that we are reconciled we may be perfectly certain of our salvation through his living in us.
We know God cares for us because of His promises
For I have every confidence that nothing—not death, life, heavenly messengers, dark spirits, the present, the future, spiritual powers, 39 height, depth, nor any created thing—can come between us and the love of God revealed in the Anointed, Jesus our Lord
We know God cares for us personally
He cares about my sorrow
“You keep track of all my sorrows.
You have collected all my tears in your bottle.
You have recorded each one in your book”.
He rejoices over me
“For the Lord your God is living among you.
He is a mighty savior.
He will take delight in you with gladness.
With his love, he will calm all your fears.
He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.”
My name is written on the palm of His hand
“See, I have written your name on the palms of my hands”.
I realize that in context this verse is part of a message Isaiah delivered to the people of Israel.
McClarens Exposition I think explains this well.
“Now, of course, the text does not primarily refer to individuals, but to the community, whether ancient Israel, or the Christian Church. But the recognition of that fact should not be allowed to rob us of the preciousness of this text in its bearing on the individual. For God remembers the community, not as a generalised expression, but as the total of all the individuals composing it. Each one valuable, each one an individual”.
It is especially poignant when I realize that the nails that pierced His hands were necessary because of my sin. In part my name was written on them.