Psalm 8:3-4 When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained, what is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him?
Have you ever considered man and why God would be mindful of him? This is really a deep and profound question, especially if you are a Believer. If you have been saved you confronted this at one point in your conversion whether you realize it or not.
The gospel demands that you answer this question.
No matter what you might think about man; the fact that God considers man at all is all we need to know about God’s character. I’ll save the “why would a good God allow suffering” question for another day. Today let’s look at man and maybe we will all ask the question at a deeper level why God would be mindful of man.
You’ve heard different views of man and some of you might believe them or at least partially believe them. Here are four false views of man as outlined in “The Exemplary Husband” by Dr. Stuart Scott – pages 31 & 32.
Man is basically good
Genesis 6:5 Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
Psalm 14:2-3 The LORD looks down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there are any who understand, who seek God. They have all turned aside, they have together become corrupt; there is none who does good, No, not one.
Jeremiah 17:9 “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?
Man is getting better
2 Timothy 3:1-6 But know this that in the last days perilous times will come: for men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power, and from such people turn away!
Romans 1:21 because although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.
Psalm 81:11-12 “But My people would not heed My voice, and Israel would have none of Me. So I gave them over to their own stubborn heart, to walk in their own counsels.”
Man can be good enough
James 2:10 For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all.
Isaiah 64:6 But we are all like an unclean thing. And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags.
Ephesians 2:1 And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins.
Man is a non-responsible victim of tragic and senseless circumstances.
Romans 14:12 So then each of us shall give account of himself to God.
2 Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ
Hebrews 4:13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.
Ecclesiastes 12:14 For God will bring every work into judgment; including every secret thing, whether good or evil.
These might be very basic truths for some readers but this may also be a revelation to others. Maybe you’ve never truly understood the doctrine of the Depravity of Man. At the core of the question lies the problem. Man is incapable of saving himself. Paul declares by nature we are children of wrath (Ephesians 2:1). We have no hope outside of God’s intervention and that is why God is mindful of man, for His good pleasure and for His glory alone. It’s not about you, it’s about Him.
Today if you’ve never considered your condition outside of God’s goodness listen to the words of Job, understand you need a Savior, and seek God’s mercy. You cannot be saved unless you understand these words and realize your condition is hopeless. Don’t let this moment pass you by.
Job 42:5-6 “I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees You, therefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.”