GOD CARES, GOD CAN, GOD WILL

December 13, 2017

ZECHARIAH 10

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!

 

TIPS AND TRICKS

 

  • As you need guidance in school and work, you need spiritual guidance.

    • “Therefore the people wander like sheep; they are afflicted for lack of a shepherd (2).”

      • We need to stop here and ask ourselves who is guiding us if at all? The people of God allowed sin in their lives because they were without credible spiritual guides. Do you have a spiritual leader in your life that can guide you to be like Christ? Going to church is not simply enough because there is a difference between attending service and being personally mentored because you can come and get blessed in service but it requires a personal touch of guidance that will help us translate the Sunday experience to a lifelong experience. Reach out to your mentors, older spiritual figures, or pastors that can shepherd you for these people are placed in your life by God because He cares for you and does not want you to wander away from Him.

      • Also pray for your spiritual leaders as well. We always want to be prayed over by leaders but we must pray for leaders so that they may remain in the LORD and not fall away for they too are tempted by sin as well. Leaders are not perfect, only Jesus!

  • 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).”

      • Three things come from the LORD, the cornerstone, tent peg, and battle bow.

        • Cornerstone

          • The cornerstone was a stone used in buildings that was the model for the rest of the stones. All other stones would line up with the cornerstone because it was the standard. Jesus is known as the cornerstone so he is the example of what a shepherd is supposed to be like and not just shepherds but any human being. Jesus was one of three true human beings in the history of the world because God created humans to be without sin and fully connected with God. The other two were Adam and Eve but they gave up their full humanity for the sake of false divinity and we today are doing that same exchange with sin. God has provided the cornerstone to reveal to us what it truly means to be a Spirit filled human being and not just reveal to us but make a way for us.

        • Tent Peg

          • The tent peg keeps the tent grounded and stable. From God comes stability in that we will not be in disarray in this life when we are in Him. Ever felt overwhelmed, anxious, flustered, impatient, angry, or worried? Instead of working more or freezing up, be still in His presence and you will find that you will be grounded in peace to tackle whatever situation you are in!

        • Battle bow

          • A instrument of war because God is going to war against the darkness, sin, and evil that plagues our lives. God is sweeping away all that is evil and corrupt in this world and His justice will reign when the dust settles. Trust that God is your defender today, tomorrow, and forever! Trust that God has dealt with your sin on the cross and that repentance of sin today is not to earn His forgiveness or His love but is to acknowledge what you already have in Christ forever!

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