Divine Sympathy

John MacDuffby John MacDuff

“The Rainbow in the Clouds”

“I know their sorrows!” Exodus 3:7

These are God’s own words! Man cannot say so. There are many sensitive fibers in the soul, which the best and tenderest human sympathy cannot touch. But the Prince of Sufferers, He who led the way in the path of sorrow, “knows our frame.”

When crushing bereavement lies like ice on the heart–when the dearest earthly friend cannot enter into the peculiarities of our grief–Jesus can! Jesus does! He who once bore my sins–also carried my sorrows. That eye, now on the throne–was once dim with weeping!

Israel had long groaned under bondage. God appeared not to know it–or, if He did know it–not to care. He seemed, like Baal, to be “asleep”. Yet at that very moment–His pitying eye was yearningly beholding His enslaved people. It was then that He said, “I know their sorrows!”

Just so, He may seem at times thus to forget and forsake us–leaving us to utter the plaintive cry, “Has God forgotten to be gracious?” When all the while, He is bending over us in tenderest love. He often allows our needs to reach their extremity–that He may stretch forth His supporting hand, and reveal the plenitude of His grace!

“You can see how the Lord was kind to Job at the end–for the Lord is full of tenderness and mercy!” James 5:11

And God fully “knowing” our sorrows–is a blessed guarantee that none will be sent, but those which He sees to be needful. “I will not,” says He, “make a full end of you–but I will correct you in measure.” Jeremiah 30:11

All the trials which He sends–are precisely meted out– and wisely apportioned. There is nothing accidental or random or unnecessary–no excess thorn–no superfluous pang!

“You keep track of all my sorrows! You have collected all my tears in Your bottle! You have recorded each one in Your book!” Psalm 56:8.

Each one is counted and recorded–drop by drop–tear by tear! Tears are sacred things among the treasures of God!

Suffering believer, the iron may have entered deeply into your soul; yet rejoice! Jesus, a sorrowing, sympathizing Jesus–“knows” your aching pangs and burning tears, and He will “come down to deliver you!”

by John MacDuff

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