The Tender Mercies of God

Isaiah 25:8

The Lord God will wipe away the tears from all faces.

2 Corinthians 1:3–4

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all consolation, who consoles us in all our affliction.


When I was young, my sister lost the tip of her finger in an accident. I recall my mom, holding her in her arms, crying with her, rocking back and forth in her rocking chair, wiping away the tears. It was a traumatic experience, but the tenderness of my mom certainly brought comfort to my sister. The image of a mother consoling her child, wiping away the tears will soften the hearts of most people.

Such is the image of God offered here: He consoles us in our affliction. He wipes away our tears. Notice, furthermore, that God’s consolation is for all tears and all affliction. Tears of regret: God wipes them away. Affliction of our own making: God comforts us. Weeping brought by the evil actions of others is comforted by the tender compassion of God. Sorrows that flow from loneliness, or loss are wiped away by the tender mercies of our God.

When we call to God in our distress, we do not call on an uncaring, unmoved, stoic deity. We call on the One who took on human flesh and wept at the tomb of his friend Lazarus, whose guts were moved with compassion at the crowd of people who were scattered and helpless – like sheep without a shepherd, who felt compassion on a widow whose only son had died, and raised him back to life.

May his name be praised forever and ever!

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