The Father of compassion

(William Nicholson, “Divine Comfort!” 1862)

“As a mother comforts her child — so will I comfort you; and you shall be comforted.” Isaiah 66:13

The condescending love of God to us is most astonishing. Though He is the High and Lofty One — yet He knows, pities, and cares for us.  Human language is insufficient to express the heights and depths of Divine compassion.

God is called, “The Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4. Also, “God, who comforts the downcast” 2 Corinthians 7:6 The Father of compassion

God’s divine comfort is most endearing and effective. “As a mother comforts her child — so will I comfort you.” This is a beautiful and striking comparison. No other relationship can so expressively represent the parental kindness of God, as an affectionate mother caring for her beloved child.

1. God will comfort His people with all the affection and solicitude of a mother.

 Our heavenly Father is a wall of fire, a refuge, a strong tower, a shield, a rock of strength, a fortress, a very present help in times of trouble, etc., etc.

 “And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus!” “Casting all your care on Him, because He cares about you!”

2. God will comfort His people with patience and forbearance. “For He Himself knows our frame; He is mindful that we are but dust!” Psalm 103:14. “The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness!” Psalm 103:8

3. God will comfort His people with forgiveness and consolation. How ready is He to forgive us — and how ready to console in trouble! “The LORD has comforted His people and will have compassion on His afflicted.” Isaiah 49:13

4. God will comfort His people with constancy. “…Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands!” Isaiah 49:15-16. “Having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end!” John 13:1

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