1 Peter 5:7
Many questions well up from the heart of man, but none with greater urgency than: “Does God really care?” In our world, tragedy is written on the front page of every newspaper, etched in the faces of the people we meet, indelibly impressed upon our own memories because we too have known its terror and torment.
Does God look down with uncaring casualness upon man’s calamities? Upon its answer depends not only our faith but our peace and even our sanity.
“Does God really care?” The fourth chapter of Mark’s Gospel tells of an occasion when this question was asked of God Himself. The disciples of Jesus were crossing the Sea of Galilee in a little ship. A storm arose, and the water was whipped with such violence that the waves threatened to sink the vessel. Jesus was there but, exhausted by the day’s ministry and teaching and healing, He had fallen asleep. The disciples awakened Jesus and, in voices that probably expressed irritation as well as fear, they asked, “Teacher, don’t You care if we drown?” (Mark 4:38).
Storms are a natural occurrence on the sea. And just as surely, storms are natural to life and living. Disaster, misfortune, distress and violence are words which must be used to tell every day’s story somewhere in our world. Life is a serious business.
Happily, the disciples found not only a reason for their question but also a response to it. The Bible goes on to say that Jesus arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, “Quiet! be still!” (Mark 4:39). The wind ceased, and there was a great calm. Does God care? Without directly answering the question, Jesus responded in such a manner as to prove His concern for their safety and His sympathy with their fright.
Does God care? “Anyone who has seen Me,” said Jesus, “has seen the Father”
(John 14:9). And what witness to the deep concern of God would be complete without this sublime truth: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
The central truth of Christianity is that God cares. Because God loved, He gave His Son, who, in turn, gave Himself. Trust Him. Face life and all it brings with a positive faith in the reliability and compassion of God. Accept the Apostle Peter’s invitation to “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you” (1 Pet. 5:7).
Bramwell Tripp, To the Point