GOD CARES, GOD CAN, GOD WILL
We are built for compassion but trained out of it in life. This is a general statement of course but if we are all made in the image of God despite it being distorted through sin, we all have within us the ability to be like God. Compassion is one of the hardest things to do because it requires you to step out of your own comfort zone to reach out and connect with someone else and it is usually in the context of pain. A thing that I learned about God in 2017 was that God cares for us, God can do something about our situations in life, and that God will or has done something about it. For God, compassion is not simply seeing our pain and feeling sorry for us but that He does something about it!
I was playing League of Legends the other day and before the game started, one of the teammates (known as the jungler) asked for help from another teammate to help start his tasks which is not a hard rule in the game for them to help but is customary. The jungler asked multiple times from that teammate but to no avail as there was no response or action. The unresponsive teammate eventually responded with,
“I don’t help those who can’t help themselves.” >8o!!! This statement actually floored me and I wrote in the chat,
“Is this for real?” To, which the “helpful” teammate responded,
“Yes I have spoken, I am Jesus.” >8(
I don’t know the background of that player but I can safely say without a shadow of a doubt that the Jesus I know, the God that I know, the God that speaks to you and me today is a God that most definitely helps. The basis of the Gospel is that in our weakness when we couldn’t save ourselves He saved us through Himself! Cmon now!
God is all powerful and it took the power of God to see our situation, come into our situation, and save us from our situation. In today’s passage we see that the LORD is a compassionate God that comes into the situation of His people to restore His people to reestablish the connection that was broken by sin.
God cares, God can, God will. Today may you be blessed and encouraged to know that God knows you, yes He knows you and is walking with you as much as your faith will allow Him to walk with you for He will not force Himself on anyone! May you know His compassion for you so that you may walk in peace today!
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God has compassion for the sake of connection
“I will strengthen the house of Judah, and I will save the house of Joseph. I will bring them back because I have compassion on them, and they shall be as though I had not rejected them, for I am the LORD their God and I will answer them (6).”
Compassion is the ability to care and see a person despite their mess so that you may walk with them out of it. In the Gospels, Jesus saw the sin of the people but He also saw the person that needed help. When we see people who struggle, do we see them as their sin or people that need help and that we too have been if not in a similar struggle? When Jesus touched people, he went beyond serving them but actually connected with them. To have compassion is to not feel sorry for people but to connect with people. As God has compassion on you today, can you have compassion on others as well?
God is the source
“From him shall come the cornerstone, from him the tent peg, from him the battle bow, from him every ruler-all of them together (4).”