JOURNEY ALONG GOD'S PATH
WORLD BIBLE SCHOOL
DOES GOD CARE?
Sometimes we humans feel very small - and with good reason!

We are microscopic on our planet. The total human population could stand
within a surface area of 200 square miles, whereas earth's volume is
260,000,000,000 cubic miles. Yet "our" Earth is a mere pinhead beside its
sun. The sun is but one star among millions across space so vast as to defy
comprehension. At jet travel speed, reaching the nearest star would take us
about a million years.

In the grand scale of time and space we seem utterly insignificant. When we
feel lost and lonely, who feels with us? Who sees our few, fleeting moments?
Who cares about our troubles?

Sometimes, beneath the night sky, David also feels small and vulnerable.
David hears the Creator's importance loudly announced by the power and
order in the universe.

O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is Your Name in all the earth! You have set
Your glory above the heavens! (Psalm 8:1)

David recognizes that the sheer scale of the universe seems to rule out any
"importance" for humans. He asks,

When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the
stars, which You have set in place, what is man that You are mindful of him,
the son of man that You care for him? (Psalm 8:3-4)
"He loved me and
gave himself for me!"

How incredible - that the Creator of all this cares for me! Yet the very proof
for God's majesty also shows our place of responsibility. God expects us to
read and honor that evidence. Even little children know awe and wonder:
"From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise" (Psalm
8:2). David recognizes how much God invests in each human:

You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with
glory and honor. You made him ruler over the works of Your hands (Psalm
8:5-6)

Try an experiment: Let the magic of your favorite music play along the
edges of your mind. Wonder at your ability to enjoy such ethereal beauty.
Picture, in any attractive setting, the meal you find most delicious. Savor it.
Appreciate the aesthetic qualities of taste, aroma, color, form and texture.
Feel the warmth of embrace, the joy of eyes that meet and understand. Let
the gift of "love" fill you with awe.
Such unique "being" suggests the high value our Creator places on us.
Now your worth is fully confirmed in the ultimate way. "Thanks be to God for
His indescribable Gift!" (2 Corinthians 9:15). That Gift is Himself! In the form
of the Son He comes and suffers the punishment for all our rebellion. He
sets us free to live "to the full" (John 10:10).

Does God really care about me? Yes!!! He cares with all His infinite heart -
for me personally. He "loved me and gave Himself for me" (Galatians 2:20).
Through Jesus He proves His care, and reaches out to meet each need:

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? (Romans 8:32)

Yes, "cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you" (1 Peter 5:7).
Jesus assures, "I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from
My Father I have made known to you" (John 15:15). God wants you to learn
and experience His loving purpose for your life! This moment is also a gift.
Use it to begin exploring the wonder of His Word with World Bible School.
"Thanks be to God for
His indescribable gift!"
What exquisite gifts the Maker gives! Air's freshness, sunshine's warmth,
water's coolness-all testify to lavish generosity.

God has not left Himself without testimony: He has shown kindness by
giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; He provides you
with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy. (Acts 14:17)

"Kindness" gives these blessings - and senses to enjoy them! Yet our
experiment was really about a deeper sense: the ability to picture and
imagine, to conceptualize and consider - yes, even to thank and praise!
None of this ability is of our own making, much less accidental. David
knows the sheer wonder of being human:

...You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother's
womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your
works are wonderful, I know that full well (Psalm 139:13-14).