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Devotionals 2005

No One Cares
April 13, 2005By Ed Wrather

04.13.05

When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then You knew my path. In the way in which I walk they have secretly set a snare for me. Look on my right hand and see, for there is no one who acknowledges me; refuge has failed me; no one cares for my soul. I cried out to You, O LORD: I said, "You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living. - Psalm 142:3-5.

Who would have cared for the soul of Frank when he went crazy on PCP and attacked eight people with a hammer? He received a 30 year prison sentence for his crimes. Why would anyone care what happened to Frank? Why would anyone want to witness to Frank and tell him how to be saved? Someone did care. A wife of one of the victims cared enough to go to the jail, before Frank was transferred to prison and through the power of Jesus forgave Frank for what he had done. She also pleaded with him to receive Christ as his Savior and to serve Him. As a result, Frank did receive Christ as his Lord and Savior.

While Frank was in prison, he spent his time preparing to serve God when he was released. Frank studied the Bible and spent hours and hours in prayer. After his release from prison, Frank led his sister to the Lord and founded a prison ministry. Michelle Richee, Frank’s sister, has shared her testimony all over the world.

How could you forgive someone who attacked and severely injured a family member? How many would share the gospel with that same person? How many even care what would happen to such a person? How many instead of extending forgiveness would want to seek revenge?

“No one cares for my soul” could have been Frank’s cry. However, it is the sad situation for countless others rotting in prison and those still on the streets who ought to be and will be in prison at some point.

Who is the person you would least like to forgive? Who is the person you would least like to witness to? Do you think that God cares about that person? You know He does because the apostle Peter says in 1 Peter 5:7, “casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” Therefore, if God cares about that person shouldn’t you care about them? Peter also says in 2 Peter 3:9 that the Lord is, “not willing that ANY SHOULD PERISH but that all should come to repentance.”

If we are to follow the example of the Lord our God then we too must care about, not just some select group of people that haven’t caused us any problems, but all people. Open up your door and look around - yes, there really is a mission field out there. You’re the one who can show them that God really does care. It may very well be that you are the ONLY one who can reach your mission field.


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