According to Job, “Man that is born of woman is of few days and full of trouble” (Job 14:1). Evil, hardship, pain, and suffering that life can bring can become unbearable. As David concluded, “I looked on my right hand and beheld, but there was no man that would know me: refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul” (Psa 142:4). We look for help from above and ask ourselves, does Jesus care?
We are not alone when we cry for help. No one was in peril more and rescued more than was the psalmist David. Just like him, we cry out in our desperation and grief, “Save me, O God, for the waters have threatened my life. I have sunk in deep mire, and there is no foothold; I have come into deep waters, and a flood overflows me. I am weary with my crying; my throat is parched; my eyes fail while I with for my God” (Psa 69:1-3). Out of all the many lessons we are taught in the book of Psalms, this one really stands out: take what you are feeling to God. It’s okay to express your feelings, your heartaches, and to lay all of your cares and burdens and concerns on His feet. David was not shy expressing his need for help from the Almighty. “From the end of the earth I will cry to You, when my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I” (Ps 61:2).
It may not always seem evident at first but God really cares for you. We may wonder why He allows problems to persist. We may ask ourselves, “Why me?” “Why now?” “Why this?” We don’t know why God delays his help at times but we do know God encourages us to wait upon Him. “Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord” (Psa 27:14)! We can only learn to trust that God sees, God cares, and in His time will bring the peace that passes all understanding (Philip 4:7).
Worries need to be cast upon God because He cares for us. “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you” (1 Pet 5:6-7).
If we are a child of God, we can pray to God and expect an answer if it is God’s will. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God” (Phil 4:6). “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us” (1 Jn 5:14).
It is far too easy to become “choked with worries” (Lk 8:14). How we respond to these concerns is paramount. Our faith is tested, and our endurance is tried on a daily basis. Yet, as James reminds us, the “testing of your faith produces endurance” (Jam 1:3). This is why we need to be asking God for wisdom, particularly in difficult times (vs. 5). He is the only One who can redeem us from the problems of this world. “Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him” (Jam 1:12).
It should be sacrilege to even ask “Does Jesus care”? He came into this world for our sakes because He cares that much. He Himself suffered, so He surely can come to the aid of those who suffer (Heb 2:18). The Hebrew writer makes this point: “For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Heb 4:15-16).
Don’t try and bear your burdens all alone. First of all, Christians are commanded to “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ” (Gal 6:2). Even so, if the saints of God forsake you, Jesus will not. Take your cares and worries to Him. Be comforted by the knowledge that He is the God of all comfort and came to redeem us from a world of sin and suffering. “For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayers. . .” (1 Pet 3:12).