Psalm 116:5 (niv)
If you missed yesterday’s devotional, we’re rounding out the year by revisiting some of the characteristics and qualities of God. Today, we’re looking at God’s compassion – not only for us, but for all of His creation.
God’s compassion is evidenced throughout the entire Bible. Sometimes, it’s really easy to see, but other times, it takes a little meditation to see some of His actions and words as compassion. Let’s look at a few of those examples together today.
Genesis 3:22-24 – The Lord God said, “Look, the man has become like us—he knows about good and evil. And now the man might take the fruit from the tree of life. If the man eats that fruit, he will live forever.” So the Lord God forced the man out of the Garden of Eden to work the ground he was made from. God forced the man to leave the garden.
What initially seems like cruel punishment turns out to be compassion; by forcing Adam and Eve to leave the Garden and preventing them from living forever, God rescued them from an eternity of battling evil and instead, chose to act out His incredible plan of redeeming them, and us, through the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus.
Psalm 23:1-2 – The Lord is my shepherd. I will always have everything I need. He gives me green pastures to lie in. He leads me by calm pools of water.
God brings us to everything we need; rest, food, and water.
Matthew 9:35 – Jesus traveled through all the towns and villages. He taught in their synagogues and told people the Good News about God’s kingdom. He healed all kinds of diseases and sicknesses.
Jesus’ entire ministry is an example of God’s compassion, but when we look at this verse specifically, we can see just how much He longs to eliminate our suffering and struggles.
Luke 15:20 – So he left and went to his father.While the son was still a long way off, his father saw him coming and felt sorry for him. So he ran to him and hugged and kissed him.
Most of us know the story of the prodigal son, but we don’t always associate the father in this story being an example of God’s love and compassion for His children. The father’s reaction to his son’s return is an amazing way of showing us how God responds to each of us when we find our way home to Him.
Write down some of the ways that God has shown you compassion in your own life.
Thank the Lord for His endless compassion and worship Him for His goodness.