Why are there many anxious and worried Christians in the world? Could the reason be that they don’t have a clear understanding of several important facts? First, is the fact that God is mighty. In the Scriptures, the basic word for God is El which is formed from a root word that means “strength, might, or power.” The ancient patriarch Job said, “God is mighty” (Job 36:5). Deuteronomy 3:24 records the words of Moses who extolled the character of God by saying, “O Lord God, thou hast begun to shew thy servant thy greatness, and thy mighty hand: for what God is there in heaven or in earth, that can do according to thy works, and according to thy might?” In Isaiah’s prophecy of Jesus, the prophet described Him as “The mighty God” (Isaiah 9:6). Revelation 19:6 declares Him to be the “Lord God omnipotent” who reigns over the affairs of humanity. This pertinent fact alone should be enough to relieve undue worry and concern in the lives of His children.
However, if this weren’t enough to allay the anxiety of God’s children, they should consider that the mighty God of the universe cares for them personally. When children are frightened or are faced with unimaginable needs, they turn to their parents or close friends whom they are confident can help. There is no guarantee they can, however, God cares. Peter assured believers of this when he wrote that the mighty God of the universe cared for them (1 Peter 5:7). The Philippians were assured by the apostle Paul that God would supply all their needs (Philippians 4:19).
The children of Israel’s wilderness journey is one of the best real-life examples of God’s care for His children. For forty years, the Israelites wandered in the wilderness between Egypt and the land of Canaan. Their journey took them through a trackless and parched wasteland where under normal conditions they would have nothing to eat or drink, but where God led, He provided. During that time, in spite of their often grumbling and rebellious attitude, God supplied them with bread from Heaven and water from the rock.
After entering the Promised Land, the children of Israel encountered tribes along the way who worshiped cruel and uncaring deities. These false gods could do nothing for the people who served them while at the same time the worship demanded the lives of innocent babies as sacrifices. In every way, God proved Himself to the Israelites to be the mighty God of love and concern. In a similar way today, God, through His Son, proves Himself to be the mighty God who cares for us.
(This article was taken from the Young Teen Teacher Manual.)
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