Does God Care?
The recurring question in every age is, Does God Care? It is a question that is very often put forward by those who believe in some sort of a vague way that there is a Supreme Being who is supposed to be governing the universe.
If there is a God, others ask, why does He not intervene in some miraculous way when He sees the state of things in this world of ours? The fact is that God does care, and the Bible which is the Word of God, furnishes abundant evidence for those who will approach it in reverence.
The fundamental feature is that God made man a free agent, and God respects human free will, this is more than can be said for totalitarianism. When Adam exercised his will in his choice to disobey God’s commandment, he was still recognized by God in his capacity as a free agent.
Though he was expelled from the garden, it was an act of justice prompted by motives of love. The tree of life was in the midst of the garden, and his expulsion from the garden was necessary to prevent him from participating of that tree, and thus perpetuating the misery of his fallen state.
The heart of God yearns for his restoration, hence the plan of redemption to effect a reconciliation between God and man. Paul sums it up in this way, “But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8. It is just another way of stating that familiar, yet precious text in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
The beauty of this salvation is that God takes the initiative. The fact is revealed after the fall of Adam. We read. “And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden. And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?” Genesis 3:8,9. That scene characterizes humanity in its attitude toward God. Paul declares in Romans 3:10,11, wherein he expresses the Psalmist’s sentiments, “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.” I simply call your attention to this statement to emphasize the fact that God does care, and cares so much that He comes seeking a people that are constantly spurning His overtures.
And yet in spite of all this, God waits to be gracious. The longsuffering of God, counted slackness by scoffers II Peter 3:9 is such that He is “not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” This aspect is conveyed to us in a parable in Matthew 21:33-39. That is the climax of humanity’s sin. How literally that was fulfilled, when the howling mob cried, “Away with Him, crucify Him, we will not have this Man rule over us.” John 19:15. But what a contrast we have in the dying words of the Saviour, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.” Luke 23:34. Surely God has revealed in His Word, and by the supreme example and sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ, on Calvary’s tree, that He cares. The momentous question is, do you care about your soul’s eternal welfare? Then why do you spurn His overtures of mercy?
“For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by His Blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.” Romans 5:7-9.