Friday, October 20, 2017

Mercy as High as the Heavens (Psalm 36:5)

Today’s scripture: Psalm 36:5

One of the things I love about living in East Tennessee are the stars. In Southern California, they had to fight with the lights of the city, but here … I can sit on my deck in the evening and look up to nothing but stars.

God’s mercy is as high as the heavens. It reaches far beyond what my eyes can see. It extends to the outermost ends of the universe.

His love for me, His desire to save me and forgive me … It’s beyond my human comprehension.

Amazing.

How could He love me as much as He does? Or as the psalmist asks:
…what are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them? (NLT Ps. 8:4)
Amazing.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Love Mercy (Micah 6:8)

Today’s scripture: Micah 6:8

I love this verse. I absolutely love it!

If we who call ourselves followers of Christ would live by these words, what a difference we would make in this world.

If we did “justly” treating others as we want to be treated …

If we “loved mercy” showing mercy and compassion to others …

If we “walked humbly with our God” each and every day …

Or as another version states:

See that justice is done, let mercy be your first concern, and humbly obey your God. (CEV)
It’s a tall order, but if we only lived this way … every day.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Forever Mercy (1 Chronicles 16:34)

Today’s scripture: 1 Chronicles 16:34

Forever …

That word means more to me the older I get.

Forever …

As the old hymn says, “This world is not my home; I’m just a’passin’ through.”

Or as a more contemporary praise song asserts:
All I know is I’m not home yet. This is not where I belong. Take this world, and give me Jesus. This is not where I belong. (© 2011, Building 429)
I can’t wait for forever with my Lord and Savior! He offers us forever goodness and enduring mercy.

The love and compassion He has for me here on earth will be forever.

Forever… I can’t wait!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Blessed Are the Merciful (Matthew 5:7)

Today’s scripture: Matthew 5:7

On Monday, we looked at how merciful God is to us … giving us eternal life when we deserve eternal separation.

So, if we have received such mercy from Him, can we be anything other than merciful to others?

When someone wrongs us and deserves punishment, can we offer mercy? Can we forgive?

We should.

In fact, Jesus Himself said that when we are merciful, we are blessed. When we are merciful, we receive mercy.

Are you holding a grudge? Is unforgiveness keeping you from offering mercy? Go to our merciful God and ask Him to help you show mercy … just as you have received mercy.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Seeing God's Mercy (Isaiah 63:7)

Today’s scripture: Isaiah 63:7

As I write this devotional, I can’t help but think of all the tragedies our nation has experienced over the last several weeks.

Hurricanes. Floods. Fires.

The tragedy in Las Vegas.

Riots. Conflicts.

Hate.

Where’s the lovingkindness and mercy of God through all of this?

It’s hard to see goodness or mercy or grace—or love—when all hell seems to be breaking loose.

But I do believe in a loving God. I do believe He continues to offer grace and mercy to His children.

We live in a very sinful world. Generation upon generation has turned further from Creator God, and as creation rejects Creator more and more, He’s honoring our choices.

So, a perfect world becomes ever more imperfect. Man’s inhumanity to man grows darker.

And yet … if we commit our lives to the God who is still in loving control, we will see goodness. We will see mercy. We will see lovingkindness.

In spite of everything else we see …

Monday, October 09, 2017

Abundant in Mercy (Psalm 86:15)

Today’s scripture: Psalm 86:15

Since January 1, we’ve looked at verses about faith and grace, hope and joy. We’re going to wrap up the year looking at mercy—both God’s mercy for us and how we’re to be merciful to others.

Today, we look at some of God’s amazing attributes. He’s full of compassion. He’s gracious. He’s longsuffering. He’s abundant in truth

And He’s abundant in mercy.

When we looked at verses about grace, I included a phrase I learned long ago:

Grace is getting what we don’t deserve; mercy is not getting what we do deserve.

We don’t deserve forgiveness and salvation … but through grace, God forgives us and offers salvation.

We do deserve eternal separation from God … but with mercy, God brings us back into relationship with Him and promises eternity with Him.

What a wonderful God we serve. Rich in grace. Abundant in mercy.

Friday, October 06, 2017

Exceeding Joy (Jude 1:24-25)

Today’s scripture: Jude 1:24-25

As we finish up our few weeks looking at the word joy, I leave you with a wonderful benediction from the book of Jude.

I echo these words of hope and peace and joy. I pray you will seek the one who will “keep you from stumbling.” The one who will “present you faultless.” I pray you will enter His presence each day with “exceeding joy.”

And may you praise Him each day remembering that He is our wise Savior. Give Him “glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever. Amen.”

And amen.