SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
- God opens this chapter with words of love for the Israelites. He will be compassionate towards them and settle them in their own land.
- Previously, many nations had invaded the Israelites because God was using those nations to prove a point. Now God says he will turn the tables on those nations, so that Israel has good fortune.
- The King of Babylon and his nation will fall. The Assyrians and the Philistines will be destroyed.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
- God never stops loving or having compassion for his creation.
- Disbelief in God does not excuse us from accountability to him.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
- Take some time to thank God for having compassion upon you. If you haven't done so before, maybe read through the biographies of Jesus (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John). Here you can read the amazing examples of living compassion, as Jesus walked the earth and encountered people who were hurting in varying ways.
- Is there someone in your life you need to have more compassion for? God wants to use you to show his love to people in this life. It could be as simple as listening to a coworker who’s going through a hard time, or asking a friend to lunch to invest in your relationship with them.