“In all their affliction He was afflicted, . . . In His love and in His mercy He redeemed them, and He lifted them and carried them all the days of old.” -Isaiah 63:9
He hurts when we hurt. We have a God who cares about our feelings; our sadness, our pain. So much so that our pain is His pain. When our hearts are broken, His heart breaks for us. What a sweet love that is.
He saved us out of love and mercy. It wasn’t callousness or disinterest that sent his son to die on the cross for us. The Creator of the universe, the Creator of us, could have done any number of things in response to our sinfulness – our disinterest in Him. What He chose to do was to continue to love us and be our Savior. He saved us from the punishment we deserved by taking it on Himself. Great love – the greatest love – and incredible mercy are what He gave us in return for our sin. What amazing grace!
He lifts us and carries us all the days we live for Him. When you belong to God, He takes it very seriously. He is always there for you. He lifts you up when you’re down and carries you when you can’t walk. He says to cast your cares on Him because He cares for you (1 Peter 5:7 paraphrased). God is FOR you because He LOVES you. When you give your heart to God, You can live your life with the faith that no matter what, God is on your side with great love and incredible mercy.
©2018, Brenda Lenz – Living Proof devotional