Divine Sympathy for Heavy Hearts

“Then the Lord said, ‘I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters. I know their sufferings’ ” (Exodus 3:7).

When we consider the wonderful qualities of God, we often appeal to Him for His mercy. The Bible indicates that God cares for people, and knows all of their sufferings. He cares for us in ways we could not imagine.

Sometimes people ask, “Does God have emotions?” Well, yes, but not human emotions. God does not have mood swings, abrupt changes of mind, or self-pity. He does, however, have emotions such as anger, love and jealousy (see Judges 2:18; Exodus 20:5; 1 John 4:8). But God’s emotions are rooted in His holy nature. So when Scripture says that God cares for us and knows our sufferings, we should believe it. God can really be moved to pity us and sympathize with us.

Knowing this reminds us of our new relationship with God at salvation:

“But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12).

“He predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will” (Ephesians 1:5).

Yes, we are children of God (1 John 3:1-2). God cares for His children in very special ways. For example, His children can pray to Him and expect an answer. Our heavenly Father will answer us in ways that help us to grow spiritually. We can trust Him for a good response, since He is our heavenly Father.

We mentioned above that God indeed possesses emotions, holy and perfect emotions. For example, God does show pity:

“As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him” (Psalm 103:13).

We should not view God as distant or impersonal. Nor is our relationship with Him based on our good works, otherwise no one would be suitable to approach God. We can approach God based on our relationship with Him, we are His children, and God pities His children.

Finally, children are granted access to God. Sometimes we hear of, or have experienced, earthly fathers too preoccupied to be bothered by us. But God avails Himself to us at all times. Praise God for His marvelous love, compassion and pity. We would be fools not to go to Him! We can and should go to God:

“The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe” (Proverbs 18:10).

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