The Personal God. 02/23/2014 (Evening thought)

Matthew 10:29 Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.  30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.  31 Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.

This passage of scripture tells us that God takes a personal interest in each member of the human family, and places great value on each person, not only because of creation, but also because of redemption. The passage in Matthew gives us a glimpse of the extent to which God's vested interest in us goes. Anyone who can take the time to number each hair on our head, must be sincerely interested in us, and that's exactly what God has done. Isaiah echoes the same sentiment when referring to the experiences of all those who were recipients of His grace in days of old. Not only was The Lord intimately acquainted with the trials of the people, but their experiences and troubles had a direct effect on Him personally. Let's read:

Isaiah 63:9 In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them: in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; and he bare them, and carried them all the days of old.

An example of God's personal interest in our experiences is brought to light in the plight of Hagar. After she and her son Ishmael were banished from Abraham's home, she traveled through the barren countryside for some time before running out of water, whereupon she lifted up her voice and wept bitterly. And just as Isaiah said, she was not alone in her affliction, for the One who sees and knows all, was watching intently all that was taking place. Not only was the Lord cognizant of her plight, but He also took proactive steps to resolve the problem in a manner that brought hope to Hagar's benighted soul. Let's read:

Genesis 21:14 And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and took bread, and a bottle of water, and gave it unto Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, and the child, and sent her away: and she departed, and wandered in the wilderness of Beersheba.  15 And the water was spent in the bottle, and she cast the child under one of the shrubs.  16 And she went, and sat her down over against him a good way off, as it were a bow shot: for she said, Let me not see the death of the child. And she sat over against him, and lift up her voice, and wept.  17 And God heard the voice of the lad; and the angel of God called to Hagar out of heaven, and said unto her, What aileth thee, Hagar? fear not; for God hath heard the voice of the lad where he is.  18 Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him in thine hand; for I will make him a great nation.  19 And God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water; and she went, and filled the bottle with water, and gave the lad drink.

The Eternal God not only solved their immediate problem, but also gave them hope and a promise that they were not forgotten, and that the offspring of Ishmael would become a great nation.

The same God who took a personal interest in Hagar's plight, also has a vested interest in our personal, everyday experiences and He is just as willing and able to bring resolution and assurance to the perplexities and difficulties which often plague us. That's why we are admonished in the Bible not to fight life's battles alone, for God is affected by our experiences, and thus He bids us trust in Him. We end with a statement of fact which should bring confidence and assurance that God is still personally interested in our well-being:

1st Peter 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

May this be our experience now and forever. "Good night" and God bless!