Mark Heijerman

READ : 2 Corinthians 1:1-7

Compassion and comfort. With these words the Apostle Paul describes God at the beginning of this great letter. Years before, the psalmist (103:13) wrote the same. “As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him.” Through the prophet Isaiah (66:13), God himself spoke, “As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you.”

This is our God. He sees and feels the struggles of his creation. He does not hide away in a heavenly ivory tower while the world plunges into destruction. With compassion he involves himself with us in our affairs, and comforts us. History testifies to this grace of God. To a people walking in darkness, he gave laws to light their paths. When they rejected these laws, he sent prophets to warn and encourage. And when his beloved people failed utterly, he did the utmost for them. God sent his Son to a cross on earth to give rest and forgiveness to weary sinners.

So to those who would accuse this God of being cold and heartless, caring little, believers respond by holding up the price God paid. It is a great price but such is the generosity of him who is fittingly called the Father of compassion.


Dear God, thank you for the comfort of knowing Jesus. In his name. Amen.