Monday, October 13, 2008
The Tender Side of God
"He will gather the lambs with His arm, and carry them in His bosom, and gently lead those who are with young." Isaiah 40:11 NKJV
Think of what you know of little lambs - wobbly, fuzzy, and knock-kneed. They are not strong yet, no more than young kittens or puppies, and they are very vulnerable. Imagine a shepherd who takes care of the lambs, carrying them in his arms when they are too tired to keep up, or too weak to walk. A shepherd cares for every need the sheep have, including protecting the ones who are expecting young.
God is our Shepherd. His caring for us is beautiful and deep. God knows when we are particularly weak or vulnerable, when we are stressed and strained. He will lead us tenderly at those times. There might have been times in the past we have felt all alone and afraid, but the truth is that He was always there, just as He is now. When we are physically drained or emotionally exhausted, God nurtures us with tender care.
When we face challenging situations, God will keep us in His loving arms. We need to pray to God and tell Him our fears and concerns, and He will keep us on a safe path, and see to all the things we need. God wants us to trust in His deep and complete compassion for each of us, no matter what stage of life we may face. We need to tap into the tender side of God, and know we are safe from harm.
When we are weak, He is strong. We need to trust God to protect and guide us at all times, for He is compassionate toward His sheep.