From the Dust

I’m sure you’ve hear people say that they have “felt like dirt” or have been “treated like dirt.” We immediately understand the implication. It means they have not been treated as they think they deserve.

But the truth is, that’s exactly what we are. Genesis 2:7 says, “God formed man of dust from the ground.” And Genesis 3:19 says, “For you are dust and to dust you shall return.” That sounds pretty clear to me. Why should we think we deserve to be treated like anything more than the dust that we are?

Ah, but here is the amazing part.  God knows we are dust; after all He’s the one who made us. He knows our limitations. But He doesn’t treat us like the dirt.

I would encourage you to take some time today and read Psalm 103. It’s full of encouragement that God sees us as we really are but treats us as something much more valuable. Psalm 103:14 sums it up quite well when it says, “Just as a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him. For He Himself knows our frame; He is mindful that we are but dust.”

Our Heavenly Father will never treat us like dirt even though that’s exactly what we are. He has compassion on us and loves us. We are part of His creation…we are His.