Passages: Genesis 3 & 4; Isaiah 54:10
Last time I shared about the kind of loyalty God expects from us so in this post, we'll look at His compassion. I'm still learning to show compassion when people make mistakes. Although our actions have consequences, God doesn't grade our performance. He allows us to make mistakes and grow from them, no matter how bad. I believe people don't really understand God and struggle to see how much he has compassion for us.
The Lord shows compassion for Adam and Eve after they mess up by dressing them (chapter 3). Do you understand what this is? We know in verse 7 the man and woman sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths. And yet in verse 21, The Lord made for Adam and his wife garments of skin and clothed them. (For those who understand, I'm sure you can imagine which kind of animal he killed.) A quick word must be said about durability and warmth; you can imagine how much warmer and better off they were wearing garments of skin!
Looking at chapter 4, when Cain and Abel are born, we understand Cain is the first murderer ever. Now, to the point I want to make, if you continue reading in verse 17, Cain names a city after his son. So not only did God still grant him a family but also great leadership skills! Did you miss that? Ok, here, if he built a city he must have some capacity to work and get people to move or collaborate.
Finally, taking a peek at the verse in Isaiah 54:10 (go do it), I see the Lord's compassion because he said even if the mountains and hills are gone, I still love you. Now, I know when guys usually tell girls they love them to the moon and back there is a tone of an over-romanticized reality that is mean to infatuate and not be taken literal - BUT when God says it, that's got a tone of complete ownership and truth! People don't usually wait for the mountains or hills to disappear before they start questioning God's promises (myself included) but...
I'm encouraged to live in the state of Washington (not D.C. - think Seattle) where the mountains and the hills are plenty so I don't have to question God's promise when I can see it! When I can receive His compassion for me it frees me, it makes it easier for me to be compassionate towards others, even when they are unjust or ungrateful. I'll explain what I mean in the next blog.