What are humans that God makes so much of them?  That he cares for them?  Today we reflect on the truth that we are made in the image of God. He breathed his breath into us to give us life.  In God’s eyes, we are special and he desires to have a relationship with us…

17 “What is mankind that you make so much of them,
that you give them so much attention,
18 that you examine them every morning
and test them every moment?
19 Will you never look away from me,
or let me alone even for an instant?
Job 7:17-19

1 Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory
in the heavens.
3 When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,
4 what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
human beings that you care for them?
Psalm 8:1, 3-4

Job cries out to God in his anguish.  There seems to be no place where he can escape from his circumstances.  Even on his bed in his dreams he is tormented.  Job settles onto a question which matters to us as the people of God:

“What is mankind that you make so much of them?”

Job is asking God if he will ever let him alone or look away from him, because he feels that God is constantly examining him and testing him.  This is not the attention Job desired before his calamity began.  Yet, didn’t God have the same care and focus on Job prior to his woes?  Of course God did.

In Psalm 8 David asks a similar question?  What is mankind that you are mindful of them… that you care for them?  It is interesting that when God shows us his care, we do not question his actions or motives, yet when we are in trouble, then we cry out.  We may not even notice that God is sustaining us and blessing us on the sunny days.  It’s only during the storms we question the hand of the Master.

We ought to realize that God is our God every day in every circumstance.  Our prayers of thanksgiving should be as fervent as our cries for mercy and rescue.

Before we complete our thoughts today, though, let’s consider why God is so attentive to us.  We are, as God describes us throughout his word, his people.  We belong to him.  He sent his son to save us.  He cares for us that much.  More than we can know.  And so, why are we different?  Why are we special?

Remember that we are made in the image of God. He breathed his breath into us to give us life.  We are different.  We are special.  We have a relationship with God which is unlike any other created being.  And so, when we think about God’s attention, think about how special we are and what God’s plan might be for you today.

In good times and bad, recognize that God is there, he cares, and he has a plan for you.  He breathed his breath into us to give us life.  He is mindful of you, caring for you, even now…


Marc Kinna


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