As Christians, we know that God cares for us. It is an inarguable fact. After all, He did the most overwhelmingly caring thing for us by sending His Son to die on the cross, paying the penalty for our sins so that we can be with Him in eternity. If God didn’t care for us, He wouldn’t have gone to such extraordinary lengths to save us, would He?
However, in the day to day grind it is easy to forget that God cares for us as individuals. On the one hand, we realize and acknowledge His preeminent act of love and care: the cross. But on the other hand, we think the small things in our individual lives are too insignificant for His time or notice. We may reason: He took care of the big problem, but these little things, they just don’t matter. This type of thinking is not only discouraging to the Christian, but it is patently false.
In my morning Bible reading time last week, I came across a familiar passage in 2 Kings that speaks to God’s attributes of love and care. I have read it many times over the years, but this time, it stood out as it addressed the issue of God caring about the details in individuals lives. Let’s take a look at the passage:
In those days Hezekiah became mortally ill. And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came to him and said to him, “Thus says the Lord, ‘Set your house in order, for you shall die and not live.’” 2 Then he turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, saying, 3 “Remember now, O Lord, I beseech You, how I have walked before You in truth and with a whole heart and have done what is good in Your sight.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly. 4 Before Isaiah had gone out of the middle court, the word of the Lord came to him, saying,5 “Return and say to Hezekiah the leader of My people, ‘Thus says the Lord, the God of your father David, “I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; behold, I will heal you. On the third day you shall go up to the house of the Lord. 6 I will add fifteen years to your life, and I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend this city for My own sake and for My servant David’s sake.”’” 7 Then Isaiah said, “Take a cake of figs.” And they took and laid it on the boil, and he recovered. (2 Kings 20: 1-7; emphasis my own)
Scripture only has one meaning, but it can have many applications. This particular verse does not mean that God will see the tears of and grant healing to every believer who asks that of Him. It was specifically for King Hezekiah. But what it does show us is some of God’s attributes. Mainly, His attributes of love, care and mercy. God is a God who sees (Genesis 16:13). He is an all-knowing Father, who shepherd’s His flock of believers. You can trust that He cares for you; specifically you. He sees your tears, and hears your prayers. He knows all of your circumstances. He knows what you need, even before you need it. And, He knows what is best for you. Many times, what is best for us is not what we would think, and that is where trust comes in. If we know God to be caring, loving, and perfectly holy; if we know Him to be without sin, and that He has promised to work all things for our good (Romans 8:28), then we can rest in His perfect providence and sovereignty.
Christian, be encouraged today! Our God is a God who hears our prayers, and sees our tears. He is a Comforter who has promised to work every circumstance in our lives for our good and His glory!
Soli Deo Gloria!