The Tenderness of God
The tenderness of God
We have a high priest who can feel it when we are weak and hurting. We have a high priest who has been tempted in every way, just as we are. But he did not sin. So let us boldly approach God’s throne of grace. Then we will receive mercy. We will find grace to help us when we need it. (Heb. 4:15-16 NIRV)
God could have permitted His Son to be almost robot like in having nerves of steel, and to be effectively impervious to cold and heat and strain and stress. In terms of relating to His Father, He would not have needed to set His face like flint, and to move by the power of will alone, for He would have been hard wire programmed to obey. We could hardly call such a person a human ‘incarnation’ at all!
And how would that have helped us to be able to relate to Him – or He to our many weaknesses and failures? Because He is the exact likeness of His Father, this is a wonderful reminder that the Father is tender.*
Those of us who have experienced His tenderness during times of loss and crisis would even consider it to be a, perhaps the defining characteristic. No previous Jewish rabbi Jesus had ever dared to call God Father; indeed it is a term that appears little more than a dozen times in the whole of the Old Testament. But Jesus, knowing himself to be a cherished Son, calls Him Abba, Father, over a hundred times in John’s gospel alone. The tenderness of mighty God – and Dad – expands over all.
He does not become less than He is in His might and majesty by stooping down to attend to our small concerns, and to deal with us tenderly. In His mercy He renders the small significant, charged with the energy and input rwd# of Heaven.
Father-like He tends and spares us; well our feeble frame He knows; in His hands He gently bears us, rescues us from all our foes. Praise Him! Praise Him!) Widely as His mercy flows!
Let’s come to Him now concerning those areas in which we feel tender, raw and unsupported, and bring those wounds to Him. He knows how best to treat them – big and small alike.