9/12 Isaiah 40:10-11

10 Behold, the Lord GOD comes with might, and his arm rules for him; behold, his reward is with him, and his recompense before him. 11 He will tend his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms; he will carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those that are with young.

The first coming of Jesus was in meekness and humility to provide Himself as the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world. His demonstrations of power were in healing that we might know He has power over the fallen condition of man. But when Jesus returns, it will be with might to set up His rule over the whole earth.

Because His nature is just, He will bring the just payment all deserve. His servants will be rewarded for their service, and His enemies will be judged for their sins. All books will be balanced. This is why He told us to lay up our treasure in heaven (Luke 12:33). His reward is infinitely greater than any physical rewards in this life. That is also why He tells us to turn from our sins and be saved (James 5:20). He has offered to exchange our sins for His righteousness.

This coming in power is not the end of His gentleness. Gentleness toward those that are His will always be present. No wonder Jesus told us that He is the Good Shepherd (John 10:11). The gentle way He patiently led His disciples is the same way He leads us all. The immature will be gathered into His arms and carried along. Those who are having a hard time following will be led at a pace they can handle. In His wonderful nature is the power to judge evil, the equity to reward His servants, the gentleness to care for the weakest follower, and the patience to guide us at pace we can follow.

Consider: The wonderful combination of these virtues makes Jesus the perfect Savior. If one was missing, all would be lacking. There is no flaw in Him! If you are struggling today, let Him carry you through it.