Recently I happened upon an interesting story in the Bible that I don’t remember reading before. It was from 2 Samuel 24. It’s about the time the Israelites were once again rebelling against the Lord and punishment was imminent. Through the prophet Gad, God gave David three choices as to the consequences. One, he could choose seven years of famine. Two, he could choose to flee for three months from his enemies while they pursued him. Three, he could choose three days of plague in the land. Listen to how he responds: “Please let us fall into the hand of the Lord, for His mercies are great; but do not let me fall into the hand of man” (NASB).
Doesn’t that paint such a beautiful picture of God’s character? He is merciful and kind, much more so than we are. It’s sobering to realize that His compassion far surpasses that of humankind. Imagine if we were the ones in charge! I think I’d feel the same way David did. I wouldn’t want to be at the mercy of man.
Thank God for His mercy and kindness toward all people. The ultimate example of that was when He sent His only Son to die on the cross for our sins. God truly is the ultimate example of what kindness should look like.
Kathy Hutto is a homeschooling mother of two. She writes curricula in her spare time and blogs at www.kathyhutto.wordpress.com
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