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Why Are You Mindful, O God?

Psalm 8 states it clearly: God is mindful of his people. What a wondrous reality that we live in. And when we consider all that is recorded in the bible, more often than not we probably find ourselves asking, ‘Why?’.

Ever since Adam and Eve sinned in Eden, we are all cursed with an unbearable load. Being created perfectly, Adam and Eve knew what life without sin was. They knew God provided them with everything they needed. However, temptation by the devil introduced them the ugliness of disobeying God. It was a single sin that resulted in decay. But even though Adam and Eve were banished from Eden and God’s immediate presence, God did not give up on them and started the greatest and most amazing rescue mission.

Even without knowing every story that is recorded in the scriptures, it is quite clear that mankind has been susceptible to evil. While there is definitely many degrees of evil, they all have in common that they disobey God’s will for us. But God never forgets that mankind is his greatest creation and he never forgets the promises he has made, despite our shortcomings.

if we are faithless,
    he remains faithful,
    for he cannot disown himself.

2 Timothy 2:13

God knows that we are tempted and that often we sin against him. And Jesus obviously came to make a way for us to stand as righteous in front of God on judgement day. If God hadn’t seen a use in sending his son to die a painful death on the cross, he wouldn’t have done it. By sending his one and only son, Jesus, God declares his undying love, he presents his amazing mercy, and keeps his promises.

Theologically speaking, God does not need us to complete himself or feel satisfied. God is perfect in himself at all times. He never lacks. However, he does feel because he is righteous and stands for justice and love.

And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. […]

1 John 4:16

God is love. What a beautiful reality for those who know and believe in him. It is the greatest comfort anybody will ever find because God is not capable of doing evil. This does not mean that believers will not go through suffering and hardship. The bible is very clear on the fact that suffering is a core element of the Christian walk. But it all goes back to the firm belief in God and his character of love and mercy. He is giving, and looks out for us.

He is mindful, believe it. Savour it. Consider the story of Annie J. Flint. A woman who has been through loss of parents and adoptive parents, being diagnosed with severe illness of the joints which ultimately made her invalid. She must have gone through incredible physical and emotional hardship. Nevertheless, her poem He Giveth More Grace speaks far louder than anything that could hurt us in our earthly existence:

He giveth more grace when the burdens grow greater,
He sendeth more strength when the labors increase;
To added afflictions He addeth His mercy,
To multiplied trials, His multiplied peace.

When we have exhausted our store of endurance,
When our strength has failed ere the day is half done,
When we reach the end of our hoarded resources
Our Father’s full giving is only begun.

Fear not that thy need shall exceed His provision,
Our God ever yearns His resources to share;
Lean hard on the arm everlasting, availing;
The Father both thee and thy load will upbear.

His love has no limits, His grace has no measure,
His power no boundary known unto men;
For out of His infinite riches in Jesus
He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again.

God provides even in the darkest and most painful times of our lives. Whether we know it or not, God is there to give. With a strong faith like Annie J. Flint, the realisation of God’s provision can withstand anything and pull us through the dark and out of the pit. God is mindful of us, yes he is.