"Your gentleness has made me great." - King David (from Psalm 18:35b)
What an awesome statement - and what an awesome truth!
I think this is something that many believers need to hear - not just once - but over and over and over and over and over again. And we don't just need to hear, but we need to open our hearts up to experience the gentleness and the mercy of God.
One of the things that many don't recognize about God is that although He is the Creator of the Universe - The King of Glory - The Righteous Judge of all mankind -
He is also our loving, tender, merciful, kind, gracious Heavenly Daddy God. He is SO PATIENT with us. We could share scripture verse and verse after verse highlighting the mercy of God. But here are a few -
11 For as the heavens are high above the earth,
So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him;
12 As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
13 As a father pities his children,
So the Lord pities those who fear Him.
14 For He knows our frame;
He remembers that we are dust. - Psalm 103:11-14
8 But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. - 2 Peter 3:8-9
Someone even composed a letter with dozens of verses outlining the love and kindness of our Heavenly Father using only Bible verses- check it out here - it's really, really good!
As an aside ~
I think one of the main questions so many people ask is: if God is such loving Father - how can He send people to hell? (or questions of the like…)
And the simple answer is: He doesn't.
If someone is going to hell, they are going to have to go THROUGH God. In other words, they are going to have to choose it.
I come across many people who freely admit they are going to hell. They confess it. They know it. They reject Jesus and His grace and forgiveness. They choose to follow sin.
And God will not force them otherwise.
But He will reach out. He will call out. He will wake guys like me up at 5:10 in the morning to spend time with Him and then blog about how good He is and that He is calling YOU right now.
Do you think it's a mere coincidence you are reading this blog post right now? Or do you think perhaps God is trying to wake you up?
But He isn't just calling people lost in their sin.
He calls Christians - every… single… day.
In His Gentleness HE ATTEMPTS to make each one of us great. In other words - He beckons us towards our spiritual calling - which is our life's mandate on earth. In the context I'm speaking of - a "great person" is one who is fulfilling the vision God has placed in their heart. Someone who is fulfilling their purpose in life knows their worth. Others squander their worth and do not walk in the level of greatness God has for them.
Yet HE STILL CALLS. His hand is stretched out. Proof is in the gospel - the message of cross.
For God so loved the world, that He gave His Son… - John 3:16
Why is God such a stickler on making YOU great? Because He knows you will only be happy when you are walking in the greatness He has for you! Any loving Father wants their child to do what they are called to do! Do you think God - our Dad - is any different? He is calling in His mercy and kindness day by day. And saying, "My child - here I am. I am FOR YOU. Walk with Me and I will lift you up into the greatness I have for you."
And in this life, I don't believe He will stop calling.
The Gentleness of Father God… is what makes you great.