The Center of God’s Attention
Every single one of us, at one time or another, has felt overwhelmed by the concerns of life.
Sometimes those worries are accompanied by a sense that God is distant—or by the fear that he isn’t all that concerned about us. We are so used to the distracted, self-seeking, fractured attention we get from other human beings; it can be hard for us to believe that God’s love, care and watchfulness never wavers.
Yet, Psalms 139:1-12 shows us that God pays intimate attention to even the tiniest details of our lives. In fact, there is no place in the universe we can go outside of his presence. God pays attention to each one of us as if it was only us who existed.
In Matthew 6:26, Jesus said that our heavenly Father cares for the birds, but we, his children, are worth so much more. Later in verse 32, he says that the Father knows all our needs.
In Philippians 4:6, the Apostle Paul tells us not to worry about anything but to bring every need before the Lord, giving thanks for the answers he will bring.
This does not mean that we are the center of the universe, like spoiled kids who get everything they want.
As God’s children through saving faith in his Son, we are called to deny ourselves daily as we follow our Lord.
But, in the midst of life’s challenges and trials, we should never forget our Father wants us to cast all our cares on him. He is eager to care for us perfectly, passionately, powerfully, and continuously (1 Peter 5:7).
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you that you are powerful, wise, and loving enough to watch over us continually and care about every detail of our lives. Amen.
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