Proverbs 12: King James Bible
Be Merciful – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twelve, Verse 10
10 A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Be Merciful
Here’s another comparison between the righteous and the wicked. But the focus of this verse, is a topic that we’ve not yet covered here in the book of Proverbs yet.
And the focus being driven home here, is mercy. For the righteous to have regard of his beast, he’s got to have a degree of mercy, that surpasses the kind of mercy that one would expect toward anyone.
Anyone can be merciful to their family members. Right? Anyone can have mercy toward anyone close to them. But the verse above takes it to a different level, that spills over the tabletop of everyday mercy.
Why is it important to the Father, to have included mercy toward someone’s beast (beast of burden, pet, etc.), along with all else he’s tucked away for us to glean from? I can come up with a few different reasons.
One reason would be, that all things are created by the Lord, and though we are considered his favorite creation, doesn’t mean he doesn’t take care for all other animals out there. More than once, Jesus himself used the Lord’s care for animals to drive home a point.
Another thing to think about, is that there is no particularly attractive or cute and fuzzy beast of burden (at least not in my opinion). To care about and be merciful toward a bull, or a yak, for example, wouldn’t come as naturally as it may with a kitten or puppy.
What I’m getting at is, having put on the nature of the Lord himself, mercy should extend to levels that we’d not otherwise ever consider. Even toward things that might not be all that easy to be merciful toward.
Another reason, is that it’s wise to regard the life of your beast, particularly when that beast is working for you somehow. I’ve never actually taken part of being on a farm (dairy for example), or anyplace that would use animals to get things done.
However, I’ve had more pets than anyone else that I know. And I do know, that you can achieve similar things through reward or cruelty. You can beat a dog into submission, or you can reward a dog into wanting to do what you want it to do. One is merciful, the other cruel.
Which method would you think the Father would prefer for us to use, even on the beasts of the field or the birds of the air? Well, let me ask differently. Which method would you prefer the Father to use toward you? Be merciful, even as your Father in Heaven is merciful.
Related New Testament Scripture
Luke 6: King James Bible
36 Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.
Hebrews 2: King James Bible
17 Wherefore in all things it behooved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.
Hebrews 8: King James Bible
12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.
Thank you for your mercy toward us, and for having regard for everything about us. You’re mercy is far beyond what we can even begin to understand, and we thank you for all of it, that you’ve shed abroad in our hearts. Please cause for us to be merciful, because you are merciful. Teach us to be patient, as you are patient. We long to be more like you, as you are our goal in all things. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Have you ever fallen short, when you’ve been given an opportunity to be merciful?