Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Mercy

Have you read the newspaper? Watched the newscast? Scrolled the headlines online? Taken a peek at your Facebook feed?

It is so easy to become overwhelmed with all the negativity, the evil, the downright stupidity in the world today.

We're killing our babies, shooting up schools and theaters and military bases. We're applauding sinful behavior and punishing godliness. Things that in my childhood were not even whispered about are now trumpeted from the rooftops and being inserted in elementary school curriculum.

A war hero who fell on a grenade for his comrades receives no attention from the media, while a basketball player-turned-reality-tv-star overdoses in a brothel and we are given hourly updates on his condition.

Things are so messed up.

It seems as if we are back in the time of the Judges when everyone did what was right in their own eyes.

Which, oddly enough, got me to thinking about mercy. God's mercy. Mercy that means NOT getting something bad that we deserve, as opposed to Grace which is RECEIVING something good that we don't deserve. (BTW, God is good at BOTH these things.)

Do you realize that when God does not judge the earth as we deserve, it is His mercy?

God is long-suffering toward His creation, giving them time to repent and turn to Him. When He delays His return to earth, He is being merciful.

Do you also realize that when God does judge the earth, it is His mercy?

Many times through out history God has judged the earth. The Great Flood, The Dispersion at Babel, Sodom and Gomorrah,The Plagues of Egypt, The Fall of Jerusalem, and so many more times, God displayed His mercy by not letting evil continue unchecked.

It isn't often that the answer to both sides of the issue is the same thing.

"God, why don't you return and put an end to this suffering? Why is sin running rampant?"

And He answers, "It is because of my mercy."

"God, why did you judge the world that way?"

And He answers, "It is because of my mercy."

Psalm 100:5 For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.


3 comments:

  1. So true. God desires that no one perish. And as long as there is hope for more to come to him, he delays returning.

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  2. Amen, Erica. My heart breaks daily. As I raise my children, I'm overwhelmed with what they face, but honored that God would entrust them to me and Dave to equip them with His help. God's mercies are new every morning. Great is His faithfulness.

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  3. Amen to God and the mercy he shows to us on the planet he created. God wants our lives to be full of love and caring about others

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