God Cares!

Last Monday I pointed out that God greatly desired to adopt us. Today I’d like to take that a step further. Just as it was God’s desire to adopt us, he also desires to care for us. How can I say that? The Bible tells me so in Isaiah 46:3-4. “Listen to me, descendants of Jacob, all you who remain in Israel, I have cared for you since you were born. Yes, I carried you before you were born. I will be your God throughout your lifetime—until your hair is white with age. I made you, and I will care for you. I will carry you along and save you.”

Remember we are adopted into God’s family, Israel, so these verses apply to us. God is active in the lives of his creation, not detached and uncaring. These verses tell me he created me and will care for me throughout my lifetime. I revel in the verbs “carried” and “carry” used here. As a mother I can identify with this terminology. I carried each of my children for 9 months before I gave birth to them. I marvel that God carried me in some intimate fashion as well. As a parent, I continued to carry my child until he could walk. But God carries us our entire lifetime! He does this because he loves us—with a greater love than we can fathom.

“How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!” (Psalm 139:17-18, NLT).

Debra L. Butterfield ©2010

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