Does God Really Care?
Two times someone asked Jesus the question, “Don’t you care?”
The first took place on the Sea of Galilee when an angry squall came up. Waves began to break over the boat so that it was nearly swamped. During all of this Jesus was asleep on a cushion in the back of the boat. The disciples woke
Him. “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” Jesus “got up…and said to the waves, ‘Quiet! Be still!’ …and it was completely calm” (Mark 4:38-39).
Did Jesus not care when the storm was raging? Of course, He did. It’s just that He knew all along that they would safely reach the other side. But only when the disciples could see the evidence were they at peace that everything was going to be all right.
The second time we read those words, “Don’t you care?” occurred when Jesus was at the home of Mary and Martha. Mary sat at Jesus’ feet listening to His teachings, while Martha labored in the kitchen. Finally in utter frustration, Martha came to Jesus. “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself?” (Luke 10:40). Jesus answered by giving Martha a new perspective. He said Mary had made the better choice—that heart devotion to the Lord pleases Him more than sacrificial work.
“Lord, don’t You care?” We ask those words when we’re in a situation where we can see no logical explanation. And the answer? Yes, God does cares. Psalm 95 says, “For he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care” (Psalm 95:7).
Whenever you’re in a storm that looks like it’s going to do you in or you’re frustrated because you’re working hard and no one seems to care, realize God does see and care. “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7).