God’s Countenance (Hebrews 5:2)

What countenance is on God’s face? The varied answers that people may give would be based on each person’s perspective of God. As a child, I disappointed my parents on many occasions and on each of these their countenance was negative in nature reflecting anger, frustration, disappointment or dissatisfaction. Is God the same way? Does his countenance change towards me? For those who are away from God, what is his countenance like? Is he angry? Is he frustrated? Thankfully from the scriptures, we can see that his countenance would be one that reflects compassion.

Who can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way; for that he himself also is compassed with infirmity. (Hebrews 5:2)

Compassion? That doesn’t seem like a relevant response to a disobedient believer. Why would he be compassionate? Why wouldn’t he display a negative response towards their lack of regard for his love, salvation and provision? The reason is simple. He has compassion, because he experienced the struggles that we face and the many infirmities that we bear.

As a man, he felt hunger, pain, sorrow and loneliness. Disappointment followed him continually and in his greatest hour of need, he was abandoned by all on earth and in Heaven. He knows that we are not as strong as him and that we are prone to sin and wander. So with compassion, he patiently waits. Oh, don’t get me wrong. God still hates sin and never condones it, but he loves us still. He knows that what we need the most during times of discouragement, fear, failure and sorrow is a compassionate friend.

He will continue to work in your life and patiently wait for your return. The days that you are away from him are a loss to you. He will not force you to come back. We must understand that we are not returning to an angry God, but instead to a compassionate father.

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Precious In His Sight (Isaiah 43:4)

I remember holding my children not long after their birth. My son was a strapping infant with strength and vitality. My daughter was the opposite. She was tiny, frail and weak. They were at opposite ends of the spectrum, but one thing each of them had in common was that they were precious in my sight. They were precious because they were of great value. As rare jewels and metals are sometimes called precious, my children were also precious.

When The Lord looked at us, he too saw us as precious. Me, precious? I don’t think so. One quick look at my past and I see anything but precious. Just glance at my heart today and you will find tucked in the resources of it thoughts, desires and attitudes contrary to anything good. Precious? Not me. How about you? Do you find yourself the same?

It spite of all that, God still declared you and me to be precious. The question remains. How can God see someone like me with all of the undesirable afore mentioned qualities as precious? Although I am not precious in and of myself and neither are you, we are precious because of what God saw we could become.

Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life. (Isaiah 43:4)

Have you ever been rejected? If so, it was because they valued you differently than your true worth. Do you feel like you don’t measure up? Your points may be true, but you value yourself less than God values you. Only God can see what you truly are and will become. What we must see and accept is that we are precious in his sight.