Time and again, individuals testified to God’s unfailing care. A wealthy believer named Job went through horrendous trauma, including the sudden loss of all his livestock, the death of his ten children in a violent storm, hideous diseases, and disfigurement that rendered him unrecognizable. All this led him to cry, “My days are extinct; the graveyard is ready for me” (Job 17:1). Yet although his faith was severely shaken, he never lost it, and he acknowledged to God, “You have granted me life and steadfast love, and your care has preserved my spirit” (10:12).
One of God’s prophets assured his hearers, “The Lord of hosts cares for his flock” (Zech. 10:3), and Israel’s King David, whose life had serious lows as well as great highs, testified, “The Lord is my shepherd” (Ps. 23:1).
When we think of the way we sometimes treat God, His unfailing care for us is surely amazing. No wonder David asks, “What is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?” (Ps. 8:4). We will never be able to grasp fully the answer to that question, but the truth to which it points should encourage us to respond gratefully to this promise: “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God . . . casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you”(1 Peter 5:6–7).
One further thing. The Bible says that religion that is “pure and undefiled before God” includes taking care of “orphans and widows in their affliction” (James 1:27). This is the Bible’s shorthand description for our responsibility to help in meeting the needs of the poor, the dispossessed, the underprivileged, the sick, the disabled, the lonely, the vulnerable, and the many others whose needs are much greater than ours. God does care—and so should we.