Do you have pets? I’m guessing many, if not most, of you have a pet of some kind. How much do you love and care for your pets? Do you ensure they have water and food? Do you take them out to get some exercise? Do you train them not to potty in the house?
We treat our pets pretty well. We love them and take care of them. We ensure they are vaccinated and take them to the vet if they get sick. We play with them and get them out to exercise. In general, they become part of our families.
If we do this for our pets, how much more do we think God does this for us? Particularly, how much more does God love us than we love our pets? Can’t imagine that? Well, He does. He loves us more than anything we can fathom. God takes care of us in more ways than we can count.
Oh, I’m sure someone out there is saying God doesn’t take care of them. They have run across a bad patch of luck and think God has abandoned them. Sorry, but you are wrong in that assumption. God has not abandoned anyone. He is right there in the thick of it, right beside each and every one of us.
Too often, we don’t reach out to God unless we are in way over our head. Unfortunately, because we have not reached out to God and developed a right relationship with Him, we will feel as though He has abandoned us in our time of need. Yet, He has not. He often will allow us to flounder for a while until we come to the ultimate conclusion that we cannot get out of our mess without Him.
This may seem harsh to some of us but stop for just a minute and think about it. If someone is so unwilling to spend a little time with God to build a right relationship, why would God not decide to let them flounder until they realize they need Him? As parents, we do that with our children at times. Since we are created in the image of God, we can make a reasonable assumption that God will do the same with us.
I pray each of us will take time to build a right relationship with God. I pray that we never forget that God is always with us. I pray we understand that we are His most valuable possession. I also pray that none of us gets in so deep due to our own mistakes that we think God has abandoned us. Spend time with God. Build your relationship with Him. Trust Him in all you do. Trust Him with all you are. God is always there and always faithful.
Matthew 12:11-12 He said to them, “If any of you has a sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will you not take hold of it and lift it out? How much more valuable is a person than a sheep! Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.”