“Lord, do You not care… Luke 10:40
Earlier this week I shared how Martha struggled with distractions. She was distracted with preparing dinner for Jesus while her sister Mary sat at the feet of Jesus enamored with every word that poured from His mouth.
Today we watch the scene unfold as Martha’s frustration with her sisters lack of help reaches it’s peak. Martha marches over to Jesus and accuses Him, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone?” Martha has made three accusations within this statement that are rooted in lies that she has believed. (1) Martha believes that Jesus doesn’t care about her. (2) Martha believes that she has been forgotten and abandoned. (3) Martha believes that the weight of the task at hand rest solely on her shoulders.
Have you ever had feelings like Martha? Like God doesn’t care about you. You see Him working in others lives or blessing others and you begin to believe that He just doesn’t care about you, that others are more important. This is not true, that is a lie.
How precious it is, Lord, to realize that you are thinking about me constantly! I can’t even count how many times a day your thoughts turn toward me. And when I waken in the morning, you are still thinking of me! Psalm 139:17-18 (TLB)
Martha believed she had been forgotten or abandoned. Have you ever felt like God has forgotten about you? Maybe you feel like you have been placed up on a shelf and left alone only for God to pass you by to use someone else, someone who is younger, better educated, more outgoing, or better qualified. That too is a lie.
The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Deuteronomy 31:8 (NIV)
For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord. Jeremiah 29:11 (NASB)
And maybe you act like Martha and try to serve people out of your own strength only to find yourself weary and frustrated. You know God has called you to love others and you think you can easily do that on your own, so you don’t use the power of the Holy Spirit and find yourself actually hating that person more! God is Immanuel, He is with you and me, not just to watch us throughout the day but to help us, to guide us, to comfort us to encourage us.
…And they shall call His name Immanuel, which translated means, God with us. Matthew 1:23 (NASB)
I have struggled with all three of these same thoughts -sometimes all at the same time! What I have learned is this, the reason I don’t recognize these thoughts as lies, is because I am not trusting who God is. My confidence wains and I begin to believe that God has forgotten about me or He has left me all alone to complete some big task. Recently I have been stressed because I have felt these exact thoughts. God in His great love and mercy has shown me that I can have peace and confident serenity if I will put my trust in Him and His plans.
I want to encourage you with this today. God has not forgotten about you. He has not left you alone and He cares deeply for you. You are precious to Him. You are always on His mind. If Martha would have just sat down and completely trusted that Jesus had everything under control she too would have experienced Jesus peace, joy, rest and love. Martha just let the lie, He doesn’t care, keep her from sitting in the Lord’s presence, don’t make that same mistake.
To be continued…