I have been thoughtful about this topic for some time now. A discussion that has been of great interest to many people now is whether God a vindictive or compassionate deity. People often talk this topic with much zeal that they suddenly just forget about themselves, entering another state of mind to join in the crucifying of Christ. God is being crucified each and every time we utter something negative, that we believe is insignificant. Do we have the right to blame God for everything? So if the world goes wrong, it is his fault? So what did we do to change ourselves? Or is it fate that makes things happen the way they are?
Let us give a thought about this. In Genesis 4 mentions about Abel and Cain. They were Adam and Eve’s son. Abel was found to be favorable in the eyes of the Lord but Cain grew jealous of seeing God’s compassion towards Abel because he sacrificed rightly. Cain killed Abel. But God just let Cain go and let no one touch him by putting a mark on his head. Wasn’t God merciful there? In Judges 16 Samson, inherited supernatural strength and by himself defeated his enemies alone. He revealed the secret of his strength to a woman whom he loved and his enemies got hold of him. They blinded his eyes and chained him to a wall. Later Samson prayed to the Lord to give him strength one last time and finally he became strong and crushed down the walls he was bound to and brought down his enemies. Wasn’t the Lord merciful there too?
The book of 2 Samuel mentions David who was a man after God’s own heart. He had become covetous and a murderer. Yet God forgave him of all his sins and he received the Lord again. Solomon, David’s son was the wisest man ever on earth. But he chose to have foreign wives who brought in their idols and Solomon chose to worship them. God would have received him wholeheartedly but Solomon chose his own fate. He died without the Lord by his side. Also a man named Lot, who God saved fro m the people of Sodom and Gomorrah is another act of mercy of God.
Wasn’t God merciful all those times? Wasn’t he there to listen to all the needs of our generation? If it is, why do we still crucify him? Isn’t it enough? To call ourselves men and yet we blaspheme. Aren’t people happy that they live all day by the grace of the Lord? Or are we blind or deaf to choose not to see or hear them? If you still have heart, don’t take this lightly. Take a break and choose to listen what God has to say to you. And surely he will carry you in his arms.
Whether it was Rahab in the book of Joshua, the prostitute who sinned or the many men who loved God and sinned, Jesus surely had no favorites. All of us are his creation.
So what do you think? Has God been compassionate to us all the time? I think yes. Psalms 103:8-10 “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 repay us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.” This itself tells us how God treats us and how we have been shown mercy rather than revenge.
The Lord only has love for his children but it is we who choose to neglect him.
Love & Regards