Today’s Deeply Rooted Devotion is from Genesis 34-37.
“Jacob’s sons came to the slaughter and plundered the city because their sister had been defiled.” Genesis 34:27, CSB
You might be thinking to yourself, ‘what a verse to highlight!’ The story of Dinah in Genesis 34 has always been a confusing and disturbing one. Jacob’s daughter, Dinah, is raped. When Jacob’s sons find out about this horrible thing that happened to their sister, they put a plan into action to slaughter and steal from the people who did this. I highlight Genesis 34:27 in today’s reading because of how overwhelming the sin of the world is. The atrocity of pure evil is sickening. This has been the feeling in Myanmar this week to be sure. As we walk around the city of Mandalay I was overwhelmed with the pure lostness of the city. The same is true for the 45 million in Yangon who have not yet heard about the hope of Jesus Christ. Many don’t think about spiritual things. Many more repeat meaningless chants and give money and worship to Buddha.
It is good to sense the distress, dejection, brokenness, aimlessness, and confusion of people. it’s better to end up at a place where we imitate Jesus by feeling compassion for the spiritually confused (Matthew 9:35-38). Jesus looked out over the confused and felt compassion for the people. The Lord has definitely put His compassion in my heart for the people of Myanmar and He has renewed His compassion for the people of Paducah. Will you allow the Holy Spirit to place compassion in your heart for the people around you and the rest of the world? Pray for your eyes to be opened to opportunities to share the hope of Jesus with someone today.