Imagine if God were loving but not all-powerful. While his heart would be bent towards us, his help wouldn’t be sure. There’s no real comfort in this. On the other hand, imagine a God who is sovereign but not loving? This isn’t much better. Power without the attending love to direct it provides little consolation.
But with the God of the Bible, we find the most unique and attractive being. God is both powerful and loving. He’s omnipotent and omnibenevolent. With God, his ear of compassion is not distinct from his arm of power. Think about this truth, dear Christian believer. Like a mother in a crowded room has her ear tuned to the cry of her baby, so too, the God of heaven’s ear is trained to hear the cries, fears, anxieties, and burdens of your heart. And even more, his heart is moved to act on your behalf to defend and to bless.
The God who upholds the universe keeps count of your tears in his bottle.
King David sang of this in Psalm 21, “Now I know that the Lord saves his anointed; he will answer him from his holy heaven with the saving might of his right hand.” (Psalm 20:6) The Lord is transcendent–in his holy heaven. But he is also immanent, he draws near to save his anointed.
Like getting used to a beautiful painting or a mountain view, we can fail to appreciate the beauty of this truth over time. There is no other being in the world that has infinite power and compassion. And even more, God in his unrivaled strength is also sympathetic to you in your suffering. The God who upholds the universe (Heb. 1:3) keeps count of your tears in his bottle (Ps. 56:8). Certainly, you would benefit today from reflecting upon infinite power and compassion towards you in Christ. Freshly consider the beauty of his attributes functioning together to securing your joy and trumpeting his glory.