“The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities”.
A few days after our grandson Brayden was born, the doctors told us that he had a rare lung condition, due to a malformation of his lung, and that he would need surgery to remove one of the lobes. Our family had been blessed with good health and we’d never had to face such a serious situation. Often, when things like that happen, we start asking God questions about why He allowed this, or maybe we ask what we did to cause it. It seems natural to think we must have done something to cause the problem. I know that we struggled through those questions. I don’t minimize the effect that our sin has on our lives and the lives of others, but this situation made us realize that those kinds of questions are counterproductive and are often a way for Satan to separate us from our Lord at the time we need him most. The Lord used these verses from Psalms and others to remind us that He is not out to hurt us, but He’s waiting to show us His love and compassion. When we began to see this and started trusting the Lord, we were able to feel His peace and assurance that He is always there for us. No matter what your situation, we implore you to turn to the Lord. Even though none of us deserve His love or compassion, He’s waiting to pour them out on us.
Mike and Pam Ratti