Question: I don’t know much about the Bible, but I do believe there is a God and that Jesus really existed. Does the Bible say that God watches over mankind as a whole, but that he doesn’t really intervene in our lives individually?
Answer: The Bible explains that God knows everything about you because He created you to be the unique individual that you are, and He has a special purpose for your life. How awesome! God knows your thoughts, anxieties, history, and future. He even knows the number of hairs on your head right now (Matthew 10:30). In one of the most beautiful and comforting chapters of the scriptures, David described how intricately God has known us even before we were born:
O Lord, you have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and rising up. You understand my thoughts from afar. You comprehend my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. There is not a word on my tongue that you do not already know. You have protected me from behind and in front and laid your hand upon me. Such knowledge is so high that it’s hard for me to comprehend these things. Psalm 139:1-6
David continued by writing that God is with us everywhere we go; He knew us before we were conceived in our mothers’ wombs, and He planned our days long before that. You are very valuable to God! It can seem incomprehensible to grasp what God did for you before you came into existence. Most important of all, over 2,000 years ago, He sent His Own Son Jesus to become a sacrifice for the sins you personally would commit during your lifetime. Truly, Jesus died for you on the cross so that your sins would be forgiven. When you accept this free gift from Jesus, then God accepts you into His family for eternity.
How can you be accepted by God? By thanking Jesus for dying for you and admitting that you are in need of His forgiveness and guidance for the rest of your life. He wants to hear from you – we call it prayer – as you establish a daily relationship of communicating with Him. Go to a Christian bookstore and ask for help in selecting a Bible. There are many Bibles with terminology that’s easy to understand and that include study notes to explain passages. Attend a church and a small group study of the Bible, known as God’s Word. When you read and study the Bible, God will show you the answers you seek and will place the right people in your life to encourage and teach you. He knows exactly what you need and who you need!
As God told the prophet Jeremiah to reassure Israel of the future He had ordained for them, He has purposes for the lives of all people who belong to Him today:
For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all of your heart. Jeremiah 29:11-13