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POSTED: February 19, 2013 8:30 p.m.

The Apostle Paul wrote, “Grace be to you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;  Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God” (2 Corinthians 1:2–4).
 In a world in which trouble can be waiting around every corner, it is good to know that Christians do not have to face trouble alone. We have God.  
The psalmist referred to God as a father who has pity on his children. “Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him” (Psalm 103:13). God is concerned about us. He knows our fears; he knows when our heart is aching.
From the beginning, God has cared for us. Even in creation, he prepared the world so that man could survive and thrive. When man faced loneliness because there was “not found a help meet for him” (Genesis 2:20), God formed woman and brought her to man.
Sadly, man’s seemingly perfect world did not last long. It was man who strayed from God by disobeying God. At that point, God justly could have destroyed man, but instead of destroying, God made a way that man could be justified once again. He determined to bring Christ into the world as a sacrifice that would cleanse the souls of men.
The love of God goes beyond man’s understanding. “In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins” (1 John 4:9, 10).
Peter wrote, “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you” (1 Peter 5:7). In order to be able to have the faith to trust God with our cares, we must keep our faith strong. Satan would love for Christians to turn their back on God in times of distress. James wrote that the “trying of our faith worketh patience” (James 1:2–8).
Job stands out as one who in the face of trials remained faithful to God. He lost most of his possessions, all his children were killed, his so-called friends tormented them with their ideas of what his problem was, and even his wife told him to curse God and die. In the face of all this Job said, “But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? Shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips” (Job 2:10). Job understood that God was right where he had always been — caring for man.
Trouble comes to all if they live long enough, yet a child of God knows that God cares. Seek to become one of God’s children. Study his word and obey it.
God cares for you, even if you do not know it yet.

 

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