Intimacy With Jesus: Encountering God’s Caring Nature
1 Peter 5:7
“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”
The “cares” of this life are many and many are those who try to just carry them alone. In the book of Deuteronomy, as Israel passed from nation to nation across many lands to the promised land, their reliance upon this God who calls us to cast upon Him our cares was to inspire other nations to the point where they said in contrast to their own affairs and religious practice: “What other nation is so great as to have their gods near them the way the Lord our God is near us whenever we pray to him?” (Deuteronomy 4:7, n.d.) Intimacy with Jesus ought to be inspiring others to want to be intimate with Him too as they see what great things God has done for us. Psalm 126:3 says, “The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.” So, Paul has good reason to say, “Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice!”
There is still continuity between the “old testament Israel” and “the new covenant Israel” (God’s people generally speaking- those who live in obedience to His commands now under the new covenant forged by Christ’s shed blood). He was no more moot in dealing with the cares and anxiety of his people back in the Old Testament hundreds and thousands of years ago than He is today thousands of years later. He is There and He is Not Silent. (Schaeffer, n.d.) The Prophet Zephaniah wrote: “The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.”
Those of you who desire to be intimate with Jesus with your many or not so many anxieties and cares remember- He is rejoicing over the fact you are looking to Him and casting those cares upward into His loving hands. If His eye is on the sparrow- how much more is His eye on you oh born from above believer in Christ! He knows your cares and anxieties ever before you breath them out in prayer and is working all things together in accordance with His good pleasure for you- a member of The Church Universal (the invisible body of Christ world-wide which manifests sometimes as more visible than at other times in history).
I cannot count how many times I have seen the saints over the last several decades see, experience, and encounter God’s loving and caring nature- I stopped counting somewhere way back even in my own experience. But- bottom line- “He cares”- tis why He is called “The Faithful One So Unchanging” and “The God of All Comfort.” He has been described as “Tender-hearted and Full of Mercy.” The Lord Jesus is said to be the exact representation of these Attributes of God for it says: “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.” (Hebrews 1:3, n.d.) Draw near to the Lord Jesus and He will draw near to you- run to his throne of Grace boldly- and simply pour out all of your anxieties and cares because He cares for you and Acts on our behalf. If He didn’t act on our behalf- there really is no point in me writing one word of this series as it is about the relationship with the Great God and Saviour Jesus Christ who acts on behalf of His people- He really does. Encounter God’s caring nature through embracing Jesus Christ more and more in all things we call life and liberty.