Many have never met the God Who cares very intimately about them personally. Some would ask, “Does God really care about me?” Often the question stems from such deep emptiness or pain that it is difficult to conceive of a God Who really cares. If this is you then please hang on. There is hope. And there is a God Who cares.
I suspect most here reading this HAVE met Him and desire to have a deeper connection with Him.
Some come through pain; some cannot conceive of such pain. If this then describes you please do not be rash to leave; read a bit further. Sometimes the question does not spring from a sense of emptiness, pain, or loss. It may stem from doubt. It may come from a need for answers to some very big questions.
The Psalmist who wrote, “When I consider Thy heavens, the work of Thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which Thou hast ordained; What is man, that Thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that Thou visitest him?” Why God? Why would You care about me? Is the question that eventually rests in the forefront of every person’s mind at one time or another. (Of course there is a little bit of assumption here on my part since I have not talked to EVERYONE nor could I.)
Some times the question is more of a challenge than one driven by emptiness or pain. It goes something like this, “Why would an infinite and all-powerful God, Who can have anything that He desires, care the least bit about any of us?”
And the answer is simply profound. In fact, it is so simplistic that some might miss it.
It is that, “God does not think like us.”
Gods Thoughts Are Not Our Thoughts
The God Who spoke the universes into existence does not fret if meteors collide. He is not bothered the least if stars implode. Or black holes close in on themselves. The God of all the universe is altogether altruistic. That is, He has a concern for His creation that is completely selfless. And it is not the galaxies He focuses on primarily; it is you and me.
He created the planet we live on for the express purpose of being inhabited. Isaiah 45:18 says, “For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God Himself that formed the earth and made it; He hath established it, He created it not in vain, He formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else.” He created our planet to be inhabited and then He created the inhabitants. Then He spoke to them. He gave them direction and purpose. And He walked and talked with them often. He was deeply involved in their lives.
Even in the fall He did not forsake them. He has been very intimately involved with His creation of intelligent beings (the human race) throughout history. When Job’s time of testing came God did not forsake Him. When He destroyed the earth because of wickedness Noah found favor in His sight. When Jonah refused to go to the people to whom God called him God was very intimately involved there. When Jesus visited the earth He did it (all of it) for our sake and He did it personally.
My point is this. God does not think like we do. We cannot see the end from the beginning like He does so we focus mainly on setting ourselves up for a good reward or retirement. We want the good life. (which of course God wants us to have too) But we seek our own things not the things of others. When Paul desired to send Timothy to the Philippians he wrote, “For I have no man like-minded, who will naturally (sincerely, genuinely) care for your state. For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ’s.”
We do not naturally think about the needs and things of others. Many of us do, but it is not our first inclination, it is something we have had to work at. What we do intentionally long enough will eventually become intuitive. But even Paul said, “When I would do good evil is present with me.” That self-focus or preoccupation with self creeps in. Not at a conscious and intentional level but it is always there.
God Will Take Care Of Me
In Isaiah 55:8 it is recorded, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.” We in our thoughts and ways seek our own things. We scheme and plan. We toil and save where we can. Seeking our own thing.
We have the confidence (many of us do) that God will take care of me but we also feel strongly that we must do our part to take care of ourselves. Of course hard work and diligence are Biblical principles but I am talking about a strong sense that we must do for ourselves because no one else is going to. Often we include God with the ‘no one else.’
This is not a reproof or rebuke it is simply to say that God’s thoughts are not our thoughts and His ways are not after our ways. There is no place where it is recorded that God wondered Who would take care of God. It never crosses His mind. His thoughts are not our thoughts.
When He called Jonah to go to Nineveh He knew full well what Jonah’s response would be. He knew the hatred and prejudice that was in his heart against them. He had a point in calling him. I suspect it was in part to show us how intimately He is involved with every detail of our lives. Read through it and note how many times it says, “and God prepared” something for the sake of Jonah’s purpose, for the sake of the wicked Ninevites. We would have ditched Jonah the first time he refused. We probably would have never sent him (or anyone) to Nineveh to begin with.
God’s ways are not our ways.
God is Altogether Altruistic
I have used enough of your time already here, intending to make each post only five hundred words, and I am almost double that now. I am going to wrap up my point (this is the first principle in the Higher Ground series) and we will come back to some of God’s higher thoughts in another post.
I do not want to lose you ‘from the get go’ in this most important series.
This is not my point but is foundational to the principle. We must understand that God is altogether altruistic to have it make any sense. Altruism is defined as “having or showing an unselfish concern for the well-being of others.” There is no being in the universe that displays altruism in and of themselves but God. Even the altruistic angels, the ones that did not turn against God in the rebellion, find their love for people in Him. So God created the earth to be inhabited and is intimately involved. And will be until and after the consummation of all things. This is very important. Simplistic I admit, but super important. Profoundly simple.
We Must Walk Even As He Walked
John wrote, “He that saith he abides in Him ought himself also so to walk, even as He walked.” The whole context of the second chapter of John’s first epistle is love. You cannot miss that if you take the time to read through it. So here is my point and the first principle of the Higher ground journey. If we are going to walk with God to a higher plane than what we have already found (wherever that is and however mature in Christ we may be); if we are going to walk with Him to Higher Ground we need to keep in step with Him. We need to walk figuratively speaking, in the same direction as Him, and that direction is always towards and on the behalf of others.
We need to pattern our thoughts after His altruistic thoughts. We need to pattern our ways after His altruistic ways. But also there is a danger in this realization in that we can go about it in our own steam and by our own power. So in this post I am not encouraging you to DO for others; I am asking you to THINK about your actions and thoughts as they pertain to others.
I feel strongly that we do not think often enough about what we are thinking about. So for now I have a very simple exercise for you that will enable you to create a new habit in your thinking. It is to do some deep searching of your thought life and actions. This is a painful process sometimes but also very helpful. The ‘task’ is listed below.
Homework (For Those Who Wish To Go Deeper)
On another page soon I will be listing some daily scripture readings that you can do or ignore; I am only going to be adding it for those who wish to immerse themselves into this study and for those do not already have a daily reading program.
I would say this too, If anyone asks you for a good Bible study program online I would hope that you would point them in this direction. This is going to be a week-by-week, step-by-step, Bible study and devotional process. For those who wish to make it so. And for those who wish to go deeper into this Higher Ground study.
Below are the tasks until the next post. They will really help to reinforce the things we will be discussing here in this study. Again, for those who wish to do the readings add your email address to our subscription updates and I will send those along weekly.
Repetition Is The Key To Learning (Do This Daily)
Pray Daily: “God search my heart and show me the motives behind my actions. Show me my self-focused ways as well as those ways in me that are clearly You working in me toward others.”
David prayed, “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
If you ask God to reveal to you your self-focused ways, He will.
Reflect Often: Am I doing this (whatever this may be) for myself or for other? Are my thoughts and concerns primarily focused on me or on those around me? If I am focused on others often or even mostly; am I doing it out of a sense of duty or for simply from a heart for others?
Write It Down: Please understand that I do not journal. I see a great value in it but I have not disciplined myself enough to do it daily. But if you already keep a journal, or have been thinking you might start, you might want to write down the things God teaches you over the next several months.
Communicate: Let me know by Private Message or
openly with a comment here how this has helped you.
Until next time. Be well. Enjoy the Journey.
Here is the first two-week reading schedule for those who want it.
They are listed also in the Courses of Study drop down menu.
Also, this is a diagram that shows where we are at in the study so far.
The diagram has been my ‘soul map’ for some time now and
I will be adding to it incrementally as this study unfolds.
Kind regards always and forever,