This is our memory verse for the week and the word "tender" sticks out to me. Have you ever thought about that, the LORD is tender? The word tender, in regard to a substance means: soft or delicate; not hard or tough. In regard to emotions it means: easily moved to sympathy or compassion. I'm thankful that the LORD is the later of the two, he is easily moved, and yet of course when he handles us he is also soft and delicate; for his yoke is easy and his burden is light.
Our middle child, Ethan, is tender. He is easily frightened, observant of others, and he wears his feelings on his sleeve. Here recently he did a project, and he was so excited about it, he was so earnest for his mother and I to see it. I quickly found some time to go and look at what he had done, but his mother didn't have the opportunity, and in the mean time another child came and ruined it. Oh, it broke his heart, our other children would have gotten over it quickly, but not Ethan, he was so upset that he continued to talk about it for hours and occasionally boohooed at the thought of what the other child had done. He did this because he is tender.
Why wife is tender when it comes to our children; especially when they cry, Oh, there is something in the heart of a mother that is moved, when a child cries. We've been in the grocery store and i don't notice that a child is crying on the other side of the store, but my wife will say something like, "oh, will someone do something for that poor baby." There have been times that my wife has only thought that she heard one of our children crying, and laid down everything she was doing at the time, only to find that everything was fine and they weren't crying at all. She does this because she is tender.
The Bible wants us to know that our heavenly father is tender. It doesn't take much to move him. He is heart broke at all the killing, abortion, rape, and hatred that is going on in our world. He is heart broke over the sins that are in our lives. But I'm thankful, that he is easily moved with compassion toward all of those who call on him. I'm thankful that he is like a mother with a child, and he is moved to check on me, even when nothing is wrong. There is nothing that you are sincerely praying for right now, that God is not moved over. Whether it is a sin that needs to be conquered or a problem that needs to be solved; God is moved, He is tender.
May God bless you