Some people consider themselves Christian and yet they still worry if God really cares about them. The sad fact is that the teachers (myself included) don't always teach the good part of the Good News. We sometimes focus so much on the sin, that we forget to mention that Jesus died to set us free from that sin. God does indeed care. He cares so much that he sent his ONE and ONLY son, Jesus to die for us. Therefore, we are no longer separated by sin from our Father in Heaven. Let me use two illustrations, one song and one bible passage to illustrate this to you. I encourage every Christian who has this thought in their heart to read this thoroughly and even bookmark the bible passage for quick reference. Don’t doubt whether God really cares or not. He does. If he did not, he would not have told us so.
My first illustration, comes from the Michael W. Smith song, “You Won’t Let Go.” The refrain for the song is fairly memorable and goes like so: You are the anchor for my soul You won't let go You won't let go No matter what may come I know You won't let go Michael uses the idea of how an anchor is used to hold a boat in place and keep it from drifting. Our soul is held in place by God himself. Comforting words. This is the work of the Holy Spirit in your life when you know that you are anchored. But let’s move on to a key verse in Mr. Smith’s song. Neither life, neither death, The highest high, the deepest depth Nothing can Nothing can separate Neither tears, neither trials Certain as the sun will rise Nothing can Nothing can separate Again these words are even more comforting to us. No matter what our circumstances might be, God is there with us. No matter what you are going through, God is there. You could be suffering the worst kind of illness, disease, even cancer, and you can rest assured that God is with you. You might have just lost your job. God is still with you. A loved one might have just died. God IS with you! You might say what good is a song? How do I know if there is any truth in it? How do I know that God is speaking through this music? Well that takes me to my second illustration. A somewhat longer than normal section of the Bible than I would normally share, even for a sermon. I want to include the entire section that is titled, “More Than Conquerors.” Romans 8:31-39(ESV) 31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” [Psalm 44:22] 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. There you have it. You can see that Michael W. Smith’s song was inspired by Romans. You can also see from Romans that God does care and that NOTHING can separate us from his love. You ARE NOT ALONE! GOD CARES FOR YOU! Remember that when you doubt. Share that with someone who is doubting.