I hope you have all had a wonderfully restful half term. Recently I’ve been thinking about God’s character particularly the times I’ve assumed He has been wagging his finger at me telling me what to do, making me feel a bit scared and reluctant to step up to what He asks of me. I wonder if any of you have felt similarly?
Thankfully, this isn’t the truth and I was kindly reminded of this in the following verses;
‘As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. “Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” “Why do you call me good? Jesus answered. “No one is good – except God alone. You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, you shall not defraud, honour your father and mother.’ “Teacher,” he declared, “all these I have kept since I was a boy.” Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”’ Mark 10:17-21
In these verses we don’t see Jesus shouting or pointing his finger as he instructs the rich young man with what he should do, rather Jesus looks at the man lovingly and proceeds to challenge him. We see here the gentle and tender nature of God, revealed in the character of Jesus.
I want to encourage you in whatever you sense God is asking you to do to know that he does so with such love and affection for you.