Thursday, October 6, 2016

Divine Sympathy

These are God’s own words! Man cannot say so. There are many sensitive fibers in the soul, which the best and tenderest human sympathy cannot touch.  But the Prince of Sufferers, He who led the way in the path of sorrow, “knows our frame.”

When crushing bereavement lies like ice on the heart when the dearest earthly friend cannot enter into the peculiarities of our grief Jesus can! Jesus does! He who once bore my sins–also carried my sorrows. That eye, now on the throne was once dim with weeping!

Israel had long groaned under bondage. God appeared not to know it or, if He did know it not to care. He seemed, like Baal, to be “asleep”. Yet at that very moment His pitying eye was yearningly beholding His enslaved people. It was then that He said, “I know their sorrows!”

Just so, He may seem at times thus to forget and forsake us, leaving us to utter the plaintive cry, “Has God forgotten to be gracious?” When all the while, He is bending over us in the tenderest love. He often allows our needs to reach their extremity that He may stretch forth His supporting hand, and reveal the plenitude of His grace!

[John MacDuff]


Exodus 3:7 ... And the Lord said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows;

James 5:11 ...Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.

Psalm 56:8 ... Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?❤