"He careth for you." 1 Peter 5:7
The Bible is fairly full of tokens of God's
marvelous care for His people. During Israel's forty-year trek through
the wilderness, they ate food from heaven (Ex. 16:4), had an unfailing supply of water (1 Cor. 10:4), and were equipped with shoes that never wore out (Deut. 29:5).
It is the same in our wilderness journey. To
prove this, our Lord reminds us how His care for us is so much greater
than His care for birds, flowers and animals. He speaks of sparrows,
for instance. He provides their food (Matt. 6:26). Not one of them is forgotten before God (Luke 12:6). Not one falls to the ground without Him (Matt. 10:29),
or, as H. A. Ironside said, "God attends the funeral of every sparrow."
The moral of the story, of course, is that we are of more value to Him
than many sparrows (Matt. 10:31).
If He clothes the lilies of the field more
beautifully than Solomon was ever attired, He will much more clothe us (Mt. 6:30). if He makes provision for the care of oxen, how much more will He care for our needs (1 Cor. 9:9).
As our High Priest, the Lord Jesus bears our names on His shoulders - the place of power. (Ex. 28:9-12) and on His breast - the place of affection (Ex. 28:1Z21). Also our names are engraved in the palms of His hands (Isa. 49:16), a fact that inevitably reminds us of the nail wounds He sustained for us at Calvary.
He knows the exact number of the hairs of our head (Mt. 10:30). He numbers our tossings at night and keeps count of our tears in His book (Psa. 56:8 RSV).
Whoever touches us, touches the apple of His eye (Zech. 2:8). No weapon formed against us can prosper (Isa. 54:17).
Whereas the heathen carry their gods on their shoulders (Isa. 46:7), our God carries His people (Isa. 46:4).
When we go through the waters, the rivers or the fire, He is with us (Isa. 43:2). In all our afflictions, He is afflicted (Isa. 63:9).
The One who guards us neither slumbers nor sleeps (Psa. 121:3,4). Someone has called this characteristic of God "the divine insomnia".
The Good Shepherd who gave His life for us will not withhold any good from us (John 10:11; Psa. 84:11; Rom. 8:32).