He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.
DAILY DEVOTION, February 7, 2022
But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd (Matthew 9:36).
Are you weary? Life can be difficult, and we often feel beaten down by life’s problems. I am so glad that Jesus looks upon us with compassion when we feel defeated. He doesn’t look at us with disdain. He doesn’t say to us, “Shape up! Get a grip!” He has compassion for us when we are struggling.
When I was giving I.Q tests, many people could not accurately define “compassion.” Many would say, “It is feeling sorry for someone who is hurting.” Even my electronic dictionary defines compassion as “pity.” That is only ½ of the answer. Compassion also acts to bring help to the one hurting.
Jesus looks upon the world’s multitudes and feels compassion. Our problems are created because we lack a shepherd to guide us. Isaiah said, “we are like sheep who have gone astray.” Our Lord does not simply look upon us with pity. He is the good shepherd who lays down His life for the sheep. He went beyond pity and acted to secure our forgiveness when He went to the cross. He suffered there, the just (Jesus) for the unjust (us). Then, as the good shepherd, He guides His people. The Holy Spirit directs those who trust in Jesus.
I am thankful Jesus does not look upon my life and say, “Poor Richard, he has really made a mess of things. I feel so sorry for Him.” He acted out of compassion to grant me forgiveness and a new kind of life. I am so thankful to know that “The Lord is my shepherd.”
Blessed Lord, how grateful I am for Your compassion. Thank you for moving beyond pity to actions that have brought me a new life. May Your name be praised forever. Amen.