Does God care?
Once after Jesus had been healing and teaching a great crowd, he called his disciples to him and said, “I have compassion on the crowd because they have been with me now three days and have nothing to eat. And I am unwilling to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way.” (Matthew 15:32)
This is just one example of the Bible describing the compassion of Jesus. He didn’t want these people to be hungry. He didn’t want them fainting and getting hurt.
Dictionary.com defines compassion as “a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering.”
We see in Jesus a feeling of sympathy and a desire to help.
Jesus is compassionate and caring, not cold-hearted, disinterested, unfeeling, aloof, pitiless.
When Jesus came to the tomb of Lazarus and witnessed the sorrow of the family and friends, he wept, even though he knew the miracle he was about to perform. Then he took action to raise Lazarus from the dead. Human sorrow and suffering affects Christ deeply.
When Jesus hung on the cross, overwhelmed by his own pain and suffering and bearing the sins of the world, he looked upon his mother and his heart went out to her. John 19:26–27 says, “When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, ‘Woman, behold, your son!’ Then he said to the disciple, ‘Behold, your mother!’ And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.”
Christ has compassion for you
1 Peter 5:7 says, “He cares for you.” What happens to you matters to Jesus. So much that he feels sympathy. So much that he wants to do something about it.
Do you feel as though people in this world don’t want to hear about your problems? As though no one takes your pain seriously? Do you feel that those who do care simply don’t have the resources to help you?
Pour out your heart to Jesus. Trust in him to help you in his wise time and way. He has great compassion for you.