Friday, July 4, 2014

It's Just The Way He Is

Sometimes we don't give Yahweh enough credit. We see him as a calculating genius who is trying to squeeze out the maximum glory from every situation. We don't mind because we desire for him to have all the glory, but we see him this way because often we are this way. Without even realizing it, we squeeze as much advantage out of each relationship and situation as possible. We need to give Yahweh more credit than this because he is definitely more awesome than we are.

Do you realize that often Yahweh does what he does simply because he desires to do it? No hidden agendas; no advantage to himself; no great design; just because he loves us and has compassion for us. I am not making this up because I like to see Yahweh in this light but instead I am seeing it in the Word of God. Look with me at Luke chapter 7.

Jesus was moving about the country when he approached a city by the name of Nain. As he was coming to the city gates a funeral procession was making it's way out. Jesus looked at this grieving widow who was on her way to bury her only son and he was moved by compassion. Her husband was dead so she had no means of support now that her son also was dead. Jesus looked on her situation and was moved to take action. Now, when the Son of God takes actions things happen.

Jesus told the widow not to weep:

Then He came and touched the open coffin, and those who carried him stood still. And He said, “Young man, I say to you, arise.” So he who was dead sat up and began to speak. And He presented him to his mother. (Luke 7:14-15)

Of course there was a big commotion and they gave Yahweh the glory for this incredible miracle because glory is the natural product of anything Yahweh does, but this was not the purpose. Jesus simply responded according to the compassion he had for this woman.

Sometimes Yahweh does things in us and through us, not as a result of prayer, but because of his compassion, mercy and grace. He looks on our situation and does not want us to be left there, so he reaches out and causes things to change for our benefit. He does it simply because of who he is, according to his character. Yet, there are lots of times we get into situations where he doesn't automatically saves us.

We need to always keep in mind that he is a Dad and sometimes dads permit their kids to get into awkward or difficult situations to teach them valuable lessons. Like the time you mistakenly hit the ball through the neighbours window. A mistake but one that your dad had you face. Even though he ended up paying for the window it was you he made deal with the neighbour. It doesn't mean he didn't have compassion, it was just the lesson was more valuable than a rescue. Our Father is the same way.

We have done nothing to deserve his love and compassion. In fact, we have done the opposite, often forgetting him and sometimes walking in disobedience. Yet his compassion for us took Jesus to the cross. His compassion for us has him living in us. His compassion for us has him cheering us on to the finish line, equipping us to complete the race we started with Jesus. He is always watching over you, always being moved by your circumstances and sometimes he is not able to contain himself as he reaches out in his compassion for you and causes things to change. It's just the way he is.

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