“Nobody Cares About Me”
Have you ever felt all alone in this world? Perhaps you live by yourself and nobody else is around, you receive no visitors or phone calls, and it seems you are cut off from the rest of the world. You are isolated from others and might even feel as if nobody remembers your name or even where you live. Those things cause a feeling of loneliness don't they? It is not a pleasant experience. In fact it can lead to a life of depression or sadness that is difficult to overcome. If a poll was taken, my guess is more people than we could imagine would describe themselves as being lonely. They might even say, "Nobody cares about me." Even though that might be an exaggeration, for many that is a sad reality. The Bible story today revolves around a man who felt that way. He felt as if he had been forgotten; not for a few days or weeks but for some 40 years. It was not his choice to be by himself and he longed for his situation to change. Maybe he did feel as if nobody cared. Perhaps he got depressed; but to say the least, he was lonely. There is a good ending to his story and we will uncover it in today's lesson. Now, if something like that describes your life, I hope you will stay tuned to this station. Perhaps you will hear something or discover a truth that will change your life. Perhaps it will turn your lonely life into one that is full of purpose and meaning. I invite you now to open your Bible as we study together on "Key to the Kingdom."
One of the greatest Bible characters in the minds of many people is the man Moses. Books have been written about him, plays have been made portraying him and children are named after him. Indeed Moses was a great leader of God's people. His life story is found primarily in the book of Exodus. There is a 23 verse summary of Moses' life also in the book of Acts, in chapter 7. Perhaps you have heard about this man named Moses. He was three months old when he was finally adopted into Pharaoh's family. He was born during the time of the Israelites being persecuted and under the oppression of the mighty hand of Pharaoh in the land of Egypt. As he was in Pharaoh's household, being raised by Pharaoh's daughter, he experienced all the wonderful things that Egypt had to offer. He was wise in his ways, he was eating good food, and he was trained by the greatest professors and educators that Egypt had to offer. Yes Moses lived a very privileged and good life. One day however, at the age of 40, he decided to go out and to visit his Hebrew people. He wanted to see what life was like under the oppressive hand of Pharaoh. As he went out to see the people he noticed that an Egyptian soldier was beating one of his fellow countrymen, so he looked around thinking nobody was watching and he intervened. He struck that Egyptian soldier and killed him; then Moses buried that man in the sand. And with a spirit of pride he said, "Look at what I have done for you." Yet the people did not realize that God had sent him to rescue them. And so with that, the people were confused about Moses' role in their life. Well, the next day he came out to visit his people, once again. This time he saw two of his fellow Hebrews fighting one another. He again tried to intervene and break up that fight. Yet one of them said to him, "Who made you the ruler and the judge over us? Will you kill me as you killed that Egyptian soldier yesterday?" Well, the truth was out. Somebody evidently had seen what Moses did the previous day, and now he was afraid. He went from having a spirit of pride to a spirit of humility, as he recognized that perhaps somebody would now be after him. He perhaps would have to give up his privileged place there in Pharaoh's house, he would no longer be able to enjoy all the wonderful things that the land of Egypt had to offer, and he would be subjected to slavery, as well, and be cast out with the rest of them under the oppressive hand of the leader. And so, Moses made the decision to leave the land of Egypt. He fled to the land of Midian, and there he lived like an alien in a foreign land. Once he arrived, he sat down near the well and thought about what to do next. He wondered what his future would be like. He married a Midianite woman by the name of Zipporah and they had two children. For his work he was employed by his father-in-law, Jethro. The task that Jethro gave him to do was to take care of the sheep and the goats. Everyday he would take care of the herds and the livestock. He would make sure they had enough food to eat and water to drink. And every day he went out and took care of those flocks and those herds and then he would come back home to his family and to Jethro and to the rest of the clan. That's what Moses' life was like for some 40 years, from the age of 40 to the age of 80. One day, when he was there in Midian taking care of the flocks and the herds, on the back side of that mountain, he noticed that a bush was on fire; and yet, it was not consumed. He went over to investigate; and while he was there he heard the Voice from heaven say, "Take off your sandals, for you are standing on holy ground." He did that. Then the voice of the Lord spoke to him and said, "I want you to be My representative and My deliverer of My people back in the land of Egypt." Moses was surprised by that. He argued with God, stating that he was not the man for the job, and yet finally he was convinced to go back to Egypt and to deliver God's people. The rest, as we might say, is history. Moses went back and through his hand God brought some ten plagues upon the entire land; and, finally, the people was set free from captivity and they began to make their way into the land of Canaan. I want us to pause for just a moment and consider what Moses' life was like in the land of Midian for some 40 years. He went there at the age of 40 and he left at the age of 80. Consider what his life was like on the backside of that mountain. It was much different than life in Egypt. In Egypt, he worked inside. He enjoyed good food. He lived a very privileged life. But now, in Midian, he was out in the fields day after day working with his hands and taking care of the herds and the flocks. No doubt during that time, he had plenty of opportunity to think about his life. He thought, no doubt, about the mistakes that he had made while in Egypt. Perhaps he thought about killing that Egyptian soldier and wondered how much longer he would have to suffer for that mistake. Perhaps he thought about the spirit of pride that he had letting the people know that he was God's deliverer, even though his time had not yet come. Perhaps the one thing that Moses thought about more than anything else, or at least in my estimation, is why doesn't God care about me? Perhaps he felt abandoned by God. Perhaps he wondered what was going to happen in his life. Would he forever be a sheep herder and one who took care of the goats or was there something else in store for him later on in life; and he considered all of these things, day after day, night after night, for some 40 years. Why doesn't God care about me? Hopefully we will never have to experience what Moses experienced. Hopefully we will never have to be an alien in a foreign land for some 40 years and wonder whether or not God cares about us and what our future might be like in the days or the years to come. And yet, perhaps, sometimes it feels like God doesn't care about us. Sometimes you might feel, in your own life, that God has abandoned you; that He doesn't see you in this world nor does He care about your situation in this world and you feel as if God has abandoned you. We hear stories all the time about people who are abandoned, people who are overlooked and neglected; and when those stories involve children, they tug at our heart and we have feelings of sympathy for them. Not long ago I read a story about a young mother who decided she did not want to keep her newborn baby, so she wrapped up that baby in some cloth and put it into a trash dumpster and went away. Well thankfully that baby was found alive and was taken and given proper care and nutrition. I think about the story a friend of mine told me about what happened to him early on in life. He remembers the day quite well. He spent some time with his dad. They went to eat a meal and then enjoyed an ice-cream cone together. His dad then took him to a movie theater and they sat down to watch that picture show. About halfway through the movie the dad got up and he left, and that young man has never seen his dad since. Yes, stories like that break our heart. We are sympathetic to those people who are affected; and yet we find that happening all over this world, seemingly all the time. People feel abandoned, people feel neglected and overlooked; and that's sad. But, here's one great truth I want you to know, God never abandons you. Over and over again in Scripture we are reminded of that great truth from God himself. He states this phrase on a number of occasions. In fact we find it in Hebrews chapter 13, verse 5: "I will never leave you; and I will never forsake you." That's good news; isn't it? God, himself, tells us, I care about you; I'm not going to leave you; I'm not going to forsake you; I will not abandon you in this world because you are important to Me; you are special to Me and I love you. When I think about that great truth, I am reminded that indeed God does care bout me. He cares about you. He cares about all of us. Listen to these words from Psalm 121: "I lift up my eyes to the hills; where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip; He who watches over you will not slumber. Indeed, He who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord watches over you; the Lord is your shade at your right hand. The sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all harm, He will watch over your life. The Lord will watch over your coming and your going, both now and forevermore." That Psalm is about God watching over and taking care of us. In fact, no less than five times do we find the word 'watch.' God watches over us as we come and go throughout our daily life. He doesn't take a nap. He doesn't sleep. He's too busy watching over our life. In fact, His presence in our life is no further than our right hand. I like to say it this way: God's presence is always present. And that's true; isn't it? God watches over us when we're awake and when we're asleep and all activities of our life. That, too, is good to know. There's something else: No matter how big of a mistake we might make or how many times we mess up, God never gives up on us. You may experience some times in your life when you make some mistakes and you have some problems and you commit sin and you do various things, and people abandon you. They perhaps say, "I don't want to have anything to do with you anymore. I'm going to kick you out of the house. I want you to be on your own. I don't love you any more. I don't care about you anymore." But, no matter how anybody else might treat us, God doesn't do that. God doesn't give up on you or me, no matter how many times we mess up in this world. I know that from a beautiful passage that's found in Romans. Listen to these words from chapter 8 verses 31 and 32: "What, then, shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He, who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all, how will He not also, with Him, graciously give us all things?" The apostle Paul reminds us that God has given to us His son, Jesus Christ. Jesus came to this earth; He lived, He died, He was buried and He rose again victoriously from the grave. That is God's special gift to you and to me. In the text we also find, however, that if God is willing to do that then He will also give us all things that pertain to life and righteousness, and there's absolutely nothing that will ever be able to separate us from His love for us. God is on our side and no matter who or what might be against you God is always for you. That is something we can always remember. Let's continue on here, in Romans chapter 8, with the reading of verses 35 through 39: "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation or distress or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered. No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Isn't that a beautiful statement; that there is absolutely nothing in this world that will separate us from the love of God. There is nothing that we can imagine, in this world or in an unseen world, that keeps us away from God's love. No matter what we might experience in life, persecution or danger or war or anything else, God's love is always present. And even if nobody cares about you, you are of great value to God. The letter of 1st Peter was written to a group of Christians who were suffering for their faith. Many of them were having a hard time, because they stood up for Jesus Christ and they were going to follow Him and put their faith in Him, no matter what. Some of them were losing their families, as they were being torn apart, some men were losing their jobs, because of their faith in Jesus, and some were even losing their very life. Peter knew about that and he knew they needed a word of hope and encouragement; and so he wrote these words, in 1st Peter 5, verse 10: "After you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, establish and strengthen you." Yes, Peter saw what was going on in the lives of these Christians, and he wrote these encouraging words. Yes you will have to suffer, yes you may be persecuted for a period of time, but when that time is complete, God himself will intervene. Oh, God sends angels, He has sent His son Jesus Christ, but Peter says God will get personally involved in your situation and He, himself, will restore, establish and strengthen you. Your version might say something different, but I love the idea that God, himself, restores us back to where He wants us to be. He gives us the strength. He establishes us in our new direction and purpose. That's important and we need to always remember that. Think about some times in your life when you felt abandoned. Were you abandoned by your family? Were you cut off from your job and fired because of no just cause? Maybe there were some problems in your family and your children were taken away from you. And it was during those times you thought to yourself, well, nobody cares about me or my feelings or what's going on in my life. Why have I been abandoned and why doesn't God show up and provide a solution? Well, it is during those times that we have a choice to make. Do we blame other people for the mistakes in our life? Do we point a finger at God and blame Him for the problems that we are experiencing today? Or, do we draw close to God and find Him to be our ultimate source of strength and encouragement? Do we find in Him the words of hope that we need in those desperate times of isolation and loneliness? I want you to know today, that, God cares about you; and, there are three things that help us to remember that. Number one: During those dark times learn from the mistakes of the past. I can just imagine Moses out there on that mountain for some 40 years. Oh, he had plenty of time to think about the past and to learn from those mistakes and to get his life right. And when those times of loneliness come, we can do the same thing; to think about our life, to refine it, to make some adjustments or changes, and to get it in line with the will and the Word of God. Here's a second thing for us to remember. When we find ourselves on the backside of the mountain, wait for God to show up. Moses was there, day after day, doing what was asked of him, faithfully, and then all of a sudden one day God appeared in that burning bush. Oh, I'm not saying God will appear to you in a burning bush, or any other miraculous way. I am saying, however; faithfully do what God has called you to do today. Be faithful in your duty and responsibilities and God will show up at just the right time, and in just the right way, and change your life and give you a new direction. When that happens, you will know that He cares about you. Then finally, number three: Times of loneliness and feelings of abandonment are opportunities for us to draw close to God. Yes we experienced those times and those feelings. And, no, it's not a time for us to blame somebody else or even to blame God; rather, it is a time to draw close to Him, to seek His comfort and His love, and to remind our self that, indeed, God cares about me, He cares about you. I want you to know today that God loves you more than you will ever know. You are special, you are important to him. So, my encouragement is that when you feel as if nobody cares about you anymore, know that God cares about you; and that is what is most important.
Have you ever felt abandoned? Have you ever felt that you live in the middle of nowhere and nobody knows where you are or even cares about you? You feel as if everybody has forgotten that you exist and you wonder, "What is my purpose in life?" You feel as if you're in the middle of a trash heap and you're just trying to survive and make it from one day to the next; and you don't know for sure how you're able to do that. Those are hard feelings; aren't they? You might feel abandoned by your family members. You wonder about your friends; why don't they show up during the dark times in your life? You wonder whether or not, or even if, anybody cares about you or how you're going to survive from one day to the next. Those are some tragic and difficult feelings, and we may have been there before. You might have experienced that in the past or you might be experiencing that even now. If that is the case, I want you to know something important: God sees you. He knows where you are, He knows what is going on in your life and He cares about you. He cares about you when you think nobody else does, and He is putting together a plan and a purpose for your life. No, it may not come on your timetable. It may not be exactly what you want to happen or in the time frame you want it to happen, but He has a plan for you. He loves you. He has not forgotten nor has He abandoned you, and He certainly never will. I want you to be encouraged, today, that, when you feel abandoned and all alone in this world, God is always by your side.
Thank you for joining us for today's lesson. I trust this message about Moses inspired you to know that God really does care about you. When it seems nobody else is around or is aware that you even exist, remember, God knows your name. He will never leave you. He will never abandon you. When feelings of loneliness overtake you, God is never too far away. This message, entitled "Nobody Cares About Me," is on our website, at keytothekingdom.com. If you would like to hear or view it again, it can be downloaded in a variety of formats. It will not cost you anything and there is no commitment of any kind. While you are visiting the website take a few minutes to look at some of the other things we offer. The devotional thoughts, short videos and other lessons are available for your study and consideration. You can also receive a free Bible study; that comes with no obligation. If you would like for us to you send it to you by mail please call the number on the screen. It provides a good overview of the Bible's message and it will assist you in your walk with the Lord. Other ways to access this ministry are through Roku® television, a free app for your smart-phone, and you can even like us on Facebook. We are grateful for the opportunity to share God's Word with you today. Hopefully this message inspired you to overcome the loneliness that is in your life, as it served as a reminder of God's care for you. Please consider joining us again next time as we study the Bible on "Key to the Kingdom."