James 5:11 says, “You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord—that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful.” The Bible contains several accounts that depict God’s compassion and mercy…
The wickedest king in the Old Testament. It seemed like there was no false god he did not worship and no command he did not break. He even sacrificed his own sons to Molech. God punished him by taking him into captivity. 2 Chronicles 33:12–13 records:
Now when he was in affliction, he implored the Lord his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers, and prayed to Him; and He received his entreaty, heard his supplication, and brought him back to Jerusalem into his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the Lord was God.
God not only forgave Manasseh, He even restored him as king.
Some of the evilest people in the Old Testament. When they repented, God spared them. This made Jonah so angry that he wanted to die, but God rebuked him:
Should I not pity Nineveh, that great city, in which are more than one hundred and twenty thousand persons who cannot discern between their right hand and their left?” (Jonah 4:11).
The Prodigal Son
This parable reveals the heart of God the Father. Luke 15:20:
The son arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him.
Jesus on the Cross
When He was crucified He prayed:
“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do” (Luke 23:34).
These accounts make God look “very compassionate and merciful.” But He doesn’t look that way in the Book of Job. If someone said, “Show me an example of God being ‘very compassionate and merciful,’” you probably wouldn’t point to Job. Continue reading “4 Ways God’s Compassion and Mercy Is Shown to Job (and Us)”