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How great is the compassion of God! Our Old Testament reading from Deuteronomy 32:36-39 points out God’s compassion when he vindicates his people (v. 36). When doese this happen? It is when the people’s power is gone. God’s care for his people shows when his people have hit bottom, when they are at the end of themselves, when they have no earthly hope.
Why would the loving God leave his people to get into such a desperate condition? We see our tendency in verses 37-38. As fallen humans, one of our failings is to take matters into our own hands and try to work out a way of salvation apart from God. Here the temptation was to make other gods and worship them. What is God’s response? He lets his people try their own way, only to see it fail. Those other gods we designed, the ones we trusted, to whom we gave sacrifices and offerings, what happened to them? They were our creations. They were never trustworthy. They couldn’t help us at all, so we fell into failure.
It is when we realize our resources are no good that we turn to the true and living God, the one who can rescue and bring life. It is then that we find the Lord was always there, caring for us, even when we went off on our own way.
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