If God cares, why (fill in the blank)? Perhaps a reader has found himself/herself asking that question. Often a Christian undergoing trial will look for God’s purpose in the trial. One must remember to never question God’s authority however. Christians are the servants of God. While God is our authority, He takes care of His own through ways that perhaps the human mind cannot ever understand. In II Peter, Peter gives example of the care and protection that God gives His true servants.
II Peter 2:5 – And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;
There was one righteous family in the entire known world in the eyes of God during the years leading up to the flood: the family of Noah. The author would wonder how the family felt boarding the ship, knowing everyone they knew, outside their family, was about to die over the next period of forty days and nights. But God saw the world, and in His righteousness saw evil and wicked ways and decided to start over. But God cared about Noah, and his family, just as Noah had cared about the things of God.
II Peter 2:6-7 – And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly; And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked:
This situation is very similar to Noah’s. There was only one righteous family in Sodom and Gomorrah. God decided to destroy the city, again, in His divine unquestioned authority. But God saved Lot, again showing his care for the righteous.
People will take examples such as this, and say that God is a hateful and vengeful being and could not possibly care about people. What they struggle to understand is that God has both the qualities of love and of judgment (among others). Love cannot supersede judgment, and judgment cannot supersede love. God’s love for His creation is shown in Christ’s dying on the cross for the sins of the world; all someone has to do is accept the gift. God is Holy, and cannot allow sin in Heaven, so He must judge the world based on that standard. One cannot live up to God’s standards, but one can accept the free gift of salvation that will get them to Heaven.
II Peter 2:9 – The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:
What a statement for a Christian to live by. All one as a Christian must do is follow the just ways of God, and God’s protection is upon that Christian. If God’s protection is on someone, the world cannot harm him.