September 21, 2018

Pastoral Nuggets: Nobody Cared

In 2nd Chronicles 21:20, (KJV) we find one of the strangest verses in the Bible.

It is in regards to King Jeroboam of Judah.

It says, “Thirty and two years old was he when he began to reign, and he reigned in Jerusalem eight years, and departed without being desired. Howbeit they buried him in the city of David, but not in the sepulchres of the kings.”

Let me paraphrase that for you: “Jeroboam became king of Judah at age thirty-two and reigned until his death at age forty.

When he died – nobody cared! They wouldn’t even extend to him the courtesy of burying him in the royal cemetery.” Wow! Not the legacy I would want to leave. How about you?

One of the most disconcerting feelings is when you feel like nobody cares about you personally, or what you’re trying to accomplish. I heard it said a long time ago that the only feeling worse that being lost in the woods at night – is to be lost in the woods at night and know that nobody is looking for you!

Perhaps you are reading this article today and regarding your job/career, your personal relationships, your Spiritual journey, or just life in general, you feel as lost as a ball in high weeds!  You cannot see the way forward! And what is so troubling – you feel as though nobody cares. Perhaps you can relate to the words of an old country song that says, “… Some are wanting more – and more’s a getting less! …”  To say the least – you’re overwhelmed!

If that’s you, then let me remind you of what the Bible teaches in 1st Peter 5:7, (KJV) “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”  Jesus cares! Jesus loves you; He really does!

I believe the ministry of affirmation and encouragement has all but died in the church and society. As I sit at my computer writing this column, my mind goes back to the cartoon character from years ago: Ziggy.

In the particular cartoon strip I am thinking about, Ziggy is standing in front of a vending machine dropping a nickel into the coin slot. The caption above his head reads, “Hugs, five cents.” I think we all can relate. I know I’ve seen times that I would have paid good money to have somebody affirm me, encourage me, and earnestly say, “I care!”

We tend to view the most important people as those who have achieved great things, whether in the normal walk of life, or the Spiritual.  And while achievement is important, the Bible teaches us that affirmation and encouragement is just as important. In fact, Matthew 10:42 (KJV) states, “And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.” Amazing, isn’t it?

Give a cup of cold water in a disciples name (Care!) and receive a disciple’s reward! All that is required is to genuinely care about somebody and affirm and encourage them as a disciple would. Wow!

Chances are that if this article is resonating with you and you could use some affirmation and support, you probably know others who feel the same way. So, my encouragement to you is to make it your mission that nobody in your circle of influence would live and die – believing nobody cared! Let them know you care! In so doing, you just may find the affirmation and encouragement you desire! After all, as Proverbs 18:24(a) (KJV) says, “A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly …”

What a sad epitaph.  King Jeroboam rose to the rank of King of Judah, ruled eight years, died – and nobody cared!

Brother Aaron

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