Does God care about individuals? We in America are so individualistic, such a question is paramount. In other societies, individuals may ask such questions, but their reality overcomes their hope. For example, in the Third World getting enough food for each day is a priority over self-actualization. Some of you may know Maslow’s hierarchy of needs:
If we are engaged in self-actualization we are truly blessed of God, who has supplied our needs so bountifully. However, the answer is, Yes, He is concerned, even with our highest needs, because Yeshua said, “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” (John 15:7) Also He said, “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” (Matthew 10:29-31). Still, our needs are to be submitted to Him, rather than become our focus.
We can not make things happen, but must trust in God, for His timing and for our needs. Yeshua went to the pool of Bethesda where many sick and disabled people were. “One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, ‘Do you want to get well?’ ‘Sir,’ the invalid replied, ‘I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.’ Then Jesus said to him, ‘Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.’ At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked…”. (John 5:5-9) Yeshua met this man’s need for healing, albeit thirty-eight years after it arose. God cares for people and He wants each one to reach their maximum potential.
There is far more to life than our physical needs; the transcendent presence of the Holy Spirit exceeds Maslow’s chart of need. The knowledge of and level of dependence upon, and surrender to the leading of the Holy Spirit is the measure of our highest realization in the Kingdom of God. Some may only know Him as their savior from eternal damnation; other’s merely to the limits of church membership and participation, or others as a friend in close relationship, and perhaps a few who like Mary, chose a place at His feet for loves sake alone. We are not to judge others, but consider our own walk with the Lord and press in each day for all He has prepared for us. (Eph. 2:10; Phil. 3:12-14; Eph. 3:16-20; Rom. 8:28-30) The one who fed Israel angels food and thousands from a few loaves and fish will not neglect His children. He is love and love of Him and others is all.