We are only dust...

John 2:23-25 "Because of the miraculous signs Jesus did in Jerusalem at the Passover celebration, many began to trust in him.  But Jesus didn't trust them, because he knew human nature.  No one needed to tell him what mankind is really like."

Psalm 103:13,14 "The Lord is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him.   For he knows how weak we are; he remembers we are only dust."

It seems to me that we spend a great deal of our life trying to be something we are not or, at the very least, trying to make others believe we are more or better or other than we really are. But here, God cuts to the chase.  Like always!  He knows.  He knows our human nature.  It holds no surprises to him.  No one has to inform him about all that we would rather go uncovered, by all that we want to go to all lengths to keep buried, hidden.  He knows what mankind is REALLY like.  He knows we are weak.  We're dust, blowing around in the wind.

I know it kind of sounds scary.  And it would be, if not for the fact that He is a father.  Tender.  Compassionate.  He doesn't use the knowledge to condemn or judge or dismiss.  But our very weakness is what causes his tender mercies and protective instincts to rise up.

So if he responds like that to us when we fail, when we don't live up to his standards, if he isn't surprised, why should we be?  Perhaps, we too can learn to extend grace and tender compassion to those who fail, who fall, and maybe even learn to forgive ourselves when we are weak and act like the dust we really are.


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