Lord, Do You Not Care?
Luke 10:38-40 Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.”
Mark 4:36-39 Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.
I Peter 5:7 …casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
How quickly we go to the issue of whether or not God cares about something when we’re threatened or perturbed! Here are two vastly different situations—one small and seeming almost petty, the other looking like life and death—and the question asked of our Lord is the same: whether or not He cares.
Clearly, the question is partly an issue of phrasing. The central issue in each scenario isn’t ultimately about caring; it’s about a desired action. On the most superficial level, the phrasing of the question might almost be ignored. But yet it’s phrased this way by both parties because it’s the real question of the heart, the real center of their insecurities. For us, many of our questions and prayers reflect the unspoken query: “Lord, do You not care….?”
Consider how the two questions might have been phrased if the issue of caring wasn’t underneath. Martha might have simply asked Jesus to address her concern over Mary’s not helping her. In a better moment, she might have asked His forgiveness for not being more attentive to Him. As for the disciples, they might have gone right to “Help us!” rather than questioning His concern for them.
How often we do the same thing, even in the recesses of our hearts and minds. When challenged or confused or threatened, our insecurities rise up and we wonder if He cares about the situations in which we find ourselves.
As Mary and the disciples demonstrate, there is a need for continual, deeper understanding of His care for us as we grow. Finding and continually rediscovering God’s care for us is part of the ongoing joy of walking with Jesus. When we first come to Him, we learn quickly that He cares for us, and that brings us peace. Yet as we grow spiritually and are faced with greater trials and temptations, that belief is often challenged, and we are given the opportunity to deepen our faith in His love.
When the next trial, inconvenience, or real challenge comes our way, let’s reaffirm that yes, even in this situation, God cares for us. He sees everything, and while we may not understand His perspectives in it or know what He’s doing, we can rest assured that no matter what we understand or don’t, He loves us, understands exactly what we are facing, and is working everything out for our good because of His love.
Prayer: Father, I believe that You always care and are actively caring for me. Help me to believe it more deeply. When that belief gets challenged, please help me to stand in what I know is true about You and what Your word says.