Have you ever asked yourself the question – Could there really be mercy for me? I am not saying that you have to have done something bad to need mercy, but there are those times when we all could use a little mercy. Life is not an easy thing for anyone, and it never will be for it is the challenges that teach and bring out the best in us as individuals. God has and is preparing constantly for a kingdom that will be eternal; where His people will love and honor Him and each other. It will be the icing on His cake, worth all the time spent in teaching, loving and sacrifice.
When we, as humans, think about life it is usually with a beginning and an end. This makes it a little harder to comprehend someone who is eternal; someone we cannot see or hear in the way we see and hear. However, as we look around us every day we are aware of the fact that this world is much too sophisticated and intricate to have simply happened by itself. It had to have a Creator. For us, as humans, we are designed to create, but we were not and never will be given the talent and knowledge to match our Lord no matter how we try. Our purpose is to simply be God’s children, acknowledging His role in this relationship and thanking Him for it.
Unfortunately, many have gone astray, thinking that they can take God’s place in determining how this life will work. Eventually these same people will give up trying and begin wearing for themselves an “I give up” attitude because there are still some things we as humans cannot control. If at this point we still have the desire to do or be we can ask God for His mercy and end up being the result that He ordained. Unfortunately, we often think of ourselves the same way we think of our toys; if they don’t work properly we will return them to the local store and get another one. But God has remained in control and we need to remember and consider His role in our lives.
We can read in 1st Chronicles 16:34 – Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. That is as good as it gets – lifelong availability. The Psalmist tells us Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; mercy and truth go before Your face (89:14). Hosea records God’s words in 6:6 – For I desire mercy and not sacrifice. God has always wanted His people to understand His great love for us, but as you will admit to yourself mercy is something not readily understood by us humans. His disciples had Jesus as an example for how to live their lives and heard Him actually speak. Matthew recorded the same words given to Hosea – I desire mercy and not sacrifice (9:13). You may be wondering why God just simply didn’t create in us the permanent ability to be merciful. Charles Spurgeon left us these words – None of us can come to the highest maturity without enduring the summer heat of trials.
We simply cannot doubt that God who gave mercy wants us to understand and to pass on this same gift that He gave to us. No matter how hard we try and how earnest we are, we by ourselves will never be able to be attain the plan Jesus died to give us, but there is nothing that stands in the way of our trying. You have heard, probably many times in your life, the words “do unto others as you would have them do unto you”. We believe those words, but until we slow down we continue to fail to see when and where these words should be manifested in our lives. Can we try once again to develop the habit of mercy for those so in need of it and to thank the Lord often for the gift He has given us?
God hath promised strength for the day,
Rest for the labor, light for the way;
Grace for the trials, help from above,
Unfailing sympathy, undying love.