Daily Devotional


Compassion on the Afflicted

by Simon Whitton

Shout for joy, O heavens; rejoice, O earth; burst into song, O mountains! For the LORD comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones.
Isaiah 49:13 (NIV)


Who does God have more compassion for:
  • The rich or the poor?
  • The citizen or the alien?
  • The socialite or the lonely?
  • The peaceful or the troubled?
  • The healthy or the sick?
  • The strong or the weak?
In the world it may be a disadvantage to be poor, outcast, or needy, but not in the kingdom of God.

9 But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.
10 That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (NIV)


God chose to reveal His power to the weak things of the world and He is attracted to the lowly. King David understood this, and so despite His great wealth, power, ability and spirituality, he was quick to acknowledge his weaknesses before God.

1 Hear, O LORD, and answer me, for I am poor and needy.
2 Guard my life, for I am devoted to you. You are my God; save your servant who trusts in you.
3 Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I call to you all day long.
4 Bring joy to your servant, for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
5 You are forgiving and good, O Lord, abounding in love to all who call to you.
6 Hear my prayer, O LORD; listen to my cry for mercy.
Psalm 86:1-6 (NIV)


When we lift up our weaknesses and afflictions to the Lord, He responds with love and compassion. This same principal applies to our sins. Who does God have more compassion for, the righteous or the sinner? Jesus died for sinners, not the righteous. He is a friend of tax collectors and sinners, even those sinners who are Christians.

Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners-- of whom I am the worst.
1 Timothy 1:15 (NIV)

But we must confess our weakness before God. Jesus tells a parable where a tax collector confesses his sin:

13 "But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, 'God, have mercy on me, a sinner.'
14 "I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."
Luke 18:13-14 (NIV)


What is your need, weakness, trouble or sin? Whatever it is, pour it out before God. Then know that God will be drawn to you, He will respond with comfort, with power and with forgiveness. For the Lord has compassion on His afflicted ones.

Spend some time in prayer…

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