♣ No One to Care but God
“As for me, I am poor and needy, but the Lord takes thought for me. You are my help and my deliverer…” – Psalm 40:17
HAVE WE GONE through those times – long durations – when people, even close friends, show indifference rather than care toward us in our suffering? Either one of two things have transpired: we know who our true friends are when we go through fire, or God has veiled their eyes from seeing our trials. The latter can be one of the loneliest periods ever, until we come to know God in our situation where our desert becomes an oasis.
David encountered intense loneliness, despite the surrounding of others. There were times where no one could him help but God. God in His providence may not permit others to enter into our suffering because we have yet to lean upon Him. There are certain things we endure in life that God will not have anyone else know and a true mark of spiritual maturity is that we can pour out and benefit the lives of others when we ourselves are poor and needy – “…as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, yet possessing everything” (2 Corinthians 6:10). This is not just pertaining to poverty in the material sense but also the recognition of our spiritual insufficiency and desperate need of Christ – “When I am [in myself] then I am strong [in Christ]” (2 Corinthians 12:10). Because David was so intimately acquainted with the Shepherd, he was enabled to shepherd Israel. Out of David’s bitter encounters by those turning against him, who were the closest to him, he was able to know the Friend who sticks closer than a brother.
The Sovereign Lord takes thought of you. It is not a passing thought where He thinks of you one moment and then leaves you for Him to be taken up with someone else – “Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you. Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of My hands; your walls are continually before Me” (Isaiah 49:16); His omniscience simultaneously discerns all of humanity’s thoughts from afar; He is perfectly aware with all of our ways. You are constantly on His mind and neither is it mere sympathy of where He just feels what oppresses, depresses and weighs you down; He is moved by what troubles you to moving on your behalf and the first thing He does is to take the yoke of your crushing burdens upon Himself and give you His rest – that rest where we exhale with assurance that all is well because our Father is fixing what has vexed our minds. We would do well to take to heart Peter’s exhortation: “Cast all your anxieties on Him, for He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7).
Your help comes from the Lord Who created the universe and the heavens, not necessarily those who are stewards of His creation. He Who will always keep you never abates in His care; it is consistently perfect that we could never attain to fathoming its wondrous height or depth. Has it not occurred to you that God has designed such circumstances that drive you to Him? Sometimes we will not come to Him because of our ‘sufficiency’ which is unrealised weakness. Do we ever ponder the reason God has not shown us His wonders because we have not called upon Him? Do we realise our lack because we don’t ask Him? Are we aware that God is emptying us of all our resources until we are hemmed in? Have we learned that God allows us to be overwhelmed so that we are lead to the Rock that is higher than ourselves? Oh, this is not a megalomaniac God Who gets a thrill out of manipulating and controlling us; this is not a God of tyranny; it is the One and only merciful God that is opening our eyes to Truth that brings genuine liberation of soul.
We can be sure that as the Lord’s eyes are ever toward us deliverance shall come. “My times are in Your hand” (Psalm 31:15) – not our choosing of time, place or method; that lies within God’s sovereignty and as He deems best. Let us be confident that as we are looking to and yielding to the Lord and His ways for our lives, obedient to what He makes known to us, then deliverance is sure to come. The imperative aspect in whatever difficult scenario we are in, let us first and foremost find our security in Him; everything else shall follow suit.
Is this not a wonder in and of itself that GOD takes thought of you; you are never out of His sight. How insignificant is man’s help and care in comparison to God! Without belittling those who have large hearts, it is not even worthy to be compared with our Father’s everlasting loving kindness. May God give us a vision of His infinite paternal care that would cease and disarm all our worry and care!
Posted on October 23, 2013, in ♣ Devotional and tagged 1 Peter 5:7, 2 Corinthians 12:10, 2 Corinthians 6:10, anxieties, deliverance, desert, devotional, God's paternal care, indifference, Isaiah 49:16, liberation, loneliness, Mark Anthony Williams, No One to Care but God, oasis, omniscience, Providence, Psalm 31:15, Psalm 40:17, spiritual insufficiency, spiritual maturity, suffering, vision. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.