“And the daughter of Pharaoh came down to wash herself at the river; and her maidens walked along by the river’s side; and when she saw the ark among the flags (reeds), she sent her maid to fetch it. And when she had opened it, she saw the child: and, behold, the babe wept. And she had compassion on him, and said, This is one of the Hebrews’ children.”Exodus 2:5-6
Compassion can go a long way in a world that seems devoid of it. Compassion is the ability to suffer with another and have a sense of love and sorrow for them. It causes one to be compelled to do something to help instead of standing idle. There are many in my life who have shown compassion on me, and God had so much compassion on me that He sent His Son to die for me.
My wife, Rebekah, is one whose tear ducts are quite active, and it seems there is an endless supply. I have seen her cry during a sad movie, and I have made her cry more times than I can count due to my utter foolishness. I have also seen her have empathy for others and shed tears due to their plight. In Freedom That Lasts, we have come across many people who are struggling and facing situations that seem dire and hopeless. Rebekah has compassion on others which causes her to take action and try to meet their needs. I am grateful to God for her heart and her godly desire to help others.
My sister is also one who has compassion on others and she serves faithfully in her church and her job. She is a nurse by trade, which is a great occupation for someone who has compassion. She serves as a nurse for the homeless and often deals with those who are less fortunate and have come upon hard times in their life. She serves compassionately and I can think of no better person I would want for my own nurse. I have seen her have compassion on me as her little brother who annoyed her to no end, but she was merciful enough not to take me out. I have seen her have compassion on our grandma as she needed care in her last days. She was faithful to be by her side and my grandma received the best care before God called her home.
I think of my mom who loved me with a love that only a mother can have for her child. I’ve endured many wounds in my life whether physical, emotional or spiritual. She was there for the scraped knees, the nighttime fever, the ear aches, the puppy love break ups and the life-changing decisions I made for God. I was not the greatest son and there were many times I saw my mom cry due to my actions causing her great pain and disappointment. Even in these times, she saw past my faults and still loved me and had compassion on me even when others had given up hope. Compassion can make all the difference if we will ask God for it and show it to others.
Moses’ life was spared because Pharaoh’s daughter (of all people!) had compassion on him and spared his life. God’s is able to move and use others to show compassion on us as He has a good and sovereign plan for our lives. Jude 1:21-22 states, “Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. And of some have compassion, making a difference: And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.” God’s love and mercy sent His Son to die for us because He had compassion on our souls. As recipients of that great compassion, we certainly can display that love to others.
How are you doing in the compassion department, my friend? Do you have compassion on others or are you too busy worrying about yourself? Are you so concerned with the souls of others that you are making a difference for eternity, or will your works burn up as worthless? Are you allowing God to use you, or are you too busy enjoying this temporary life that will soon fade away? Moses did great and mighty things for God because someone had compassion and spared his life. On whom will you have compassion today? May we look past ourselves and ask God to help us have compassion that will change the world.