Can you find rest in God today and just say, ” It is well”? Regardless of what it looks like..believe today…God is at work. He cares. He loves. He restores.
The Passionate Compassion of God: 5 Verses to Remind You That What Hurts You Hurts Him
I often tell my girls this when they’re going through something difficult, something painful, something troubling.
“It’s not your fault,” they usually respond.
And I say to them, “I’m not sorry because this is my fault. I’m sorry because what hurts you hurts me. I know I didn’t cause it, but I’m sorry because of it.”
What I’m trying to do–however imperfectly–is model the compassion of Abba. I love what Bible teacher Beth Moore says about God in Jesus the One and Only: that He possesses “active pity…He not only feels for us, He does something about it.”
The caring nature of God is on display time and time again in His Story. I love how the following verses, in particular, reveal so clearly that what hurts us hurts God.
On your behalf and my behalf, the tender heart of God breaks and He is…
Distressed. “In all their distress, He too was distressed, and the angel of His presence saved them. In His love and mercy He redeemed them; He lifted them up and carried them.” (Isaiah 63:9)
Dismayed. “When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, He was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. ‘Where have you laid him?’ He asked. ‘Come and see, Lord,’ they replied. Jesus wept. Then the Jews said, ‘See how He loved him!’ ” (John 11:32-36)
Dissatisfied. “As evening approached, the disciples came to Him and said, ‘This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.’ Jesus replied, ‘They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.’ ”(Matthew 14:16)
Displeased. “ ‘I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering.’ ” (Exodus 3:7)
Disturbed. “Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress…The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death, a light has dawned. You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy; they rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest, as men rejoice when dividing the plunder. For as in the day of Midian’s defeat, You have shattered the yoke that burdens them, the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor…For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.” (Isaiah 9:1-4, 6, 7)
In each of these cases, God Almighty–El Shaddai–feels deeply about what troubles His children, but not because He is helpless to do anything about it. He is I AM. He can do what He chooses.
He could–and did–redeem Israel.
He could–and did–resurrect Lazarus.
He could–and did–feed the hungry crowds.
He could–and did–free His children from slavery.
And He could–and did–save the whole world.
God is sorry for our sorrow because He has walked among us and has been one of us, and so He feels what we feel.
“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” (Hebrews 4:15, 16)
Abba’s heart is moved and broken on our behalf because He is passionate and compassionate. And when we know this tender truth, we can echo Psalm 103: “Bless the Lord, O my soul.”
“Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy. As a father shows compassion to His children, so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear Him. For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust…But the steadfast love of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting.
Bless the LORD, O my soul.”
You know, I’ve been a hairstylist for almost 15 years… In the beginning, I thought..it’s just hair. But it’s been so much deeper that making someone feel better about themselves when they leave the shop. To see their eyes light and a skip in their step as they feel more confident in their appearance. It’s what’s going on in their heart.
But truly, it’s been God’s hand. I’m just a listening ear. Possibly a messenger of hope. I’ve heard and admired so many of my customers. Hearing their stories of life. The losses, triumphs, journeys, joys and heartaches. So many stories. Many I’ve heard has inspired me to be bold and have hope on days that I’ve been down. Had opportunities to share myself and pray with them. To know, that we aren’t alone in this thing called, “life”. That, not only do we have a heavenly father who adores us, but there are people who want to love you and support you.
Don’t you find that God always sends the right person…right when you need them? You know, it happened today. I was originally supposed to have a dental appt (sorry, Dr. Alldredge) and I really felt I should cancel. Today marked the first day back to school and I thought maybe this feeling was contributed to the change in routine. That was wrong.. A dear friend came in this morning. Her life had taken a turn into a harder season. I might actually be brave to say..life became a bit messy. That’s when I knew… this moment was ordained by the Father. Shared with her..my life was a bit of a mess too. And that’s when it began…the raw truth. Our lives were messes. But what we both agreed..we trusted God. Knew he has his best in mind..no matter what our future held. Because it was in His hands. We chose to see the beauty in what God was doing to make this mess into a thing of beauty.
You see, today, it wasn’t about the hair. It was about the miracles taking place within our own lives. The restoration that God takes from a life of ruins and rebuilds to something amazing. The thankfulness that we’ve found in a season of ruins. His gracious hands that take brokenness and allow his Glory to be shown. Even at a hair appt:)
You are not alone. This life you think might be a bit messy. It’s what God loves to reveal His glory in. Surrender that heart today and lay your ruins at His feet and let him bring this beauty from ashes. He is a God that restores the most broken in the midst of the everyday “life”. See him within those moments and trust that he has his best in mind for you. Oh how he loves you.
Blessings in Him,