A remarkable change is taking place in the world. While there have always been human needs—sometimes desperate ones—there's probably never been a time when so many people felt they had a stake in finding new ways to respond to these needs. One question keeps surfacing: Is it really possible to respond effectively to all the needs that billions of people have?

That question inevitably leads to the issue of what man's relation to God is. Many reject the cynical view that God created and then inexplicably departed from His creation, leaving humanity struggling in the wake of some immense, existential abandonment. Christ Jesus certainly turned to God for the meeting of people's very real needs. And the promise that God is able "to make all grace abound" is still at the center of vital and relevant Christianity. Spiritual recourse to God isn't just one option among many; it is the one thing that leads us to expect God's care for the whole of His creation.

February 10, 1992

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