We have a scene just like this one in our future. As soon as we move out our very heavy bookcases, there is sure to be some “dust bunnies” hiding out. Between bird dander, cat hair and dust from the yard, our dust bunnies continue to grow each year we are here! I sneeze just thinking about it! But it is nothing in the face of a little vacuuming and water.
I have no compassion for this dust, but our verse for today is written in the context of God the Father’s compassion for His children. He is not only compassionate but gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in love (verse 8). For those who fear Him, He forgives rather than accuses and does not treat us as our sins deserve (verses 9-10). He calls to mind how very weak we are. We are formed from some weak material; dust.
There are times I need to remember how I was formed as well. Prideful thoughts can have me believing I am really something and without a real need for God. But in fact I am nothing without Him. I am weak and as inconsequential as a dust bunny blowing around under the bed. It is in the hands of my Creator that I can become something of value. He works in me to give the desire and the strength to please Him (Phil. 2:13). I may be as weak as dust, but in Him I can be strong.
God invites me to “Look to the Lord and His strength and seek His face always.” Psalm 105:4. His strength is equal to anything He asks of me.
Thank you Lord, for your gracious patient compassion for me!