Piper Devotion 3

Today’s journal entry on John Piper’s devotional book Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ.

Revelation 5:6 – I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, with seven horns and with seven eyes.

“You have a heart of compassion and a backbone of a steel rod and your problem is you don’t know when to use which.” These words were spoken to me one night during a night of worship and prophecy in our church. The lady who spoke these words didn’t know me at all yet she precisely told me who I was. These very words shook me and I am reminded of these words when I read that Jesus was a lamb-like lion and a lion-like lamb. He has compassion and mercy yet he also can be forward and just if needed and he had the wisdom and ability to know when to use compassion and when to use his strength. It’s amazing to know that we have a savior who loves even the hardest of unlovables yet he has sternness not to cave to those who attempt to pressure Him to doing things against his character. He will be who He is whether the moment calls for grace or it calls for justice. During the week of his crucifixion, he used his ability to be lamb-likeness in suffering for all of humanity but he also used his lion-likeness in turning over the tables of the money-changers because His house should be a house of prayer, not a den of thieves. I too, hope that someday I will understand the wisdom of God when to show compassion and when to use the backbone, to be merciful or forceful.


About Kevin Riner
child of grace, worshiper of Jesus, husband, father, Pastor of Village Church, author of Faith Debugged

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