January 28

God is Merciful

Bible Reading: Joel 2:13b; 2 Corinthians 1:3-4; Hebrews 4:16; Luke 6:36

His days on earth were fast drawing to an end—and he knew it. I introduced myself to him, having never met him before. His first words to me were “I’ve spent my whole life sinning.”  He then went on to share some troubling things from his distant past that were undoubtedly haunting him in the realization of his pending death.  Mercy is one of those things we don’t give much thought to, until we find ourselves in need of it.  My friend opened a door, so I proceeded to talk to him about God’s mercy made evident to us in Jesus, and the salvation He has availed to us through His death for sins and resurrection from the dead.  I spoke to him of the need to trust in Jesus, and on a subsequent visit he professed his faith in Him!

A.W. Tozer defined God’s mercy this way: “Mercy is an attribute of God, an infinite and inexhaustible energy within the divine nature which disposes God to be actively compassionate.”  As with God’s love and grace, God’s mercy is revealed in different ways to differing folks.  By way of His general mercy, God shows pity to His entire creation and provides for the needs of men (Psalm 145:9; Luke 6:36).  By means of His special mercy, God compassionately intervenes on behalf of the redeemed (Hebrews 4:16).

John MacArthur wrote of God’s mercy: “Doesn’t it give you great joy to know that God not only removed your guilt but looked at you and had compassion? And He’s not through giving us mercy: “The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Thy faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:22-23). We can always “draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and may find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).

This world can be sometimes cold and harsh.  We might wonder if there’s anyone who cares.  In God we have a compassionate friend who not only cares, but is able to come to our aid.  The Good Samaritan sacrificed much and thought of everything in caring for that beaten stranger.  How much more will the Father of mercies and God of all comfort work to bind your hidden wounds and bring you to safety?  

Praise You, God, that You are a God of compassion.  By your gracious intervention we sensed our need and cried out to You.  You heard our plea and came to our aid.  It seems that we often find ourselves in trouble, but You never grow weary of hearing our pleas to help.  Nor do you ever lack in Your ability to assist Us.  Thank You that Your Throne is a Throne of grace in which You freely dispense mercy and grace to help us in our times of need.  May we ever draw near with confidence.  Amen!

Author: looking2jesus13

Having served as pastor at Lewis and Clark Bible Church, in Astoria, Oregon, for almost three decades, my wife’s cancer diagnosis led to my retirement and subsequent move to Heppner to be near our two grandchildren. I divide my time between caring for Laura and working as a part time hospice chaplain and spending time with family and spoiling my chocolate lab.

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  1. Good morning Jerry so often we forget and I appreciate the reminder to just introduce ourselves to others having never met them before because chances are they probably have in some form called out to God “ if you are real …. “ . Loving you – Aunt Becky

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