June 14, 2003Email to a FriendPrint
Luke 10:40 "Martha ... asked, 'Lord, don't You care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself?'"
We are so quick to accuse God! Adam did it in the Garden, saying to God, "The woman You put here with me -- she gave me some fruit from the tree" (Genesis 3:12). And the disciples in the storm-tossed boat asked Jesus, "Teacher, don't You care if we drown?" (Mark 4:38).
And now Martha, distracted with her noble intentions, frazzled by the housework, blames Jesus: "Don't You care?" When things don't go our way, sometimes we point the finger at God. "How could You let such a thing happen, God?"
It seems as if we think we deserve a life free from sorrow, and when we have problems, we become angry at such divine "carelessness."
And yet, it is God who cares the most. If we wonder about God's genuine concern for our ultimate good, we have only to look to Christ's cross. There we see our merciful God caring so much for us that He gave the life of His only Son to redeem us from our sins, including our distrust.
When life does not go as we wish, and we are tempted to accuse God of not caring, we remember the cross and know that God will always care for us. And we remember Christ's promise, "I am with you always, to the very end of the age" (Matthew 28:20).
PRAYER: Father in heaven, because of Christ's cross we know You care. Amen.
(Taken from "Words of Promise," copyright 1996, Concordia Publishing House (out of print). For information on other devotional materials, call 1-800-325-3040.)