An Indifferent God?

18th July, 2010 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

Have you ever wondered if God was indifferent to your distress?  Is He aware of your personal struggles? You may be unsuccessfully trying to make decreasing income match increasing expenses. You may have a difficult person in your life who just isn’t changing and makes your likfe misearable. Or maybe, you just don’t feel well and you know that’s not going to change soon.

Does God know how hard it is to be a godly person when circumstances are so hard? Does He care that it’s so hard? Is He trying to “teach” you something by your suffering or, worse yet, punish you? And if He’s trying to punish you, you are clueless to what He’s punishing you for.

It’s natural to ask these questions in a world where life isn’t the way it was meant to be. One thing we can know for certain is that God is not indifferent to our sufferings and He does care.  Dennis Johnson in his book The Message of Acts was discussing the content of the apostles’ sermons in the book of Acts.  Peter and Paul emphasized repeatedly that Jesus’ blood was the price He paid to redeem the church and purchase a people for God. In comparing Acts 20:28 to Psalm 74:1-2, Johnson makes this statement: “Having expended such effort to obtain his people, reasoned the psamlist, surely the Lord cannot remain indifferent to their present distress.”

What’s the author saying? He’s saying that a God who would pay such an incredible price to redeem you certainly would not become indifferent to you after you belonged to Him. God isn’t indifferent to all the hard things we experience in “this present evil age” on earth. He cares very much, and even though it appears that He is silent while you fight to maintain sanity in an insane world. He sees, knows, and cares.

As hard as I try, I know I don’t, and probably can’t, appreciate the extent of the sacrifice the Jesus made for me. I must, however, hang onto the truth that a God who loved me so much that He would give up so much to make it possible for me to be His child, would never be indifferent to me or what’s happening in my life.

The writer in Psalm 74 was having a hard time remembering God’s love. He writes: “We are given no miraculous signs, no prophets are left. and none of us knows how long this will be.” (Psalm 74 9). I may feel that God is silent, but He’s given me so many promises in His Word to encourage me. He’s not silent. I may wonder how long it will be until I see Him, but I know He’s coming back and I know He’s with me now. It takes faith and a remembering of the truth to keep moving on. Increase my faith, Lord, and help me hang onto your truth that  God is good, and Jesus loves me.

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