“It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.” ~ Lamentations 3:22
Even when things are at their worst for us, God is still showing us mercy.
It often escapes us just how Holy God is and how unholy we are by comparison. Somehow, we have lost perspective: The Gospel of Christ has become the gospel of casualness: we somehow have mangled God’s love for us into our own self-importance. We often think that God “owes us” good health, a trouble-free life, money, employment, education and so on.
However, because of our sinfulness, what God “owes” us is judgment. Nevertheless, because of His mercy, God spares us (for a time). Instead, of immediate judgment, God gives us (a limited) time to call on Him for salvation, and to walk with Him for sanctification.
Jeremiah had spent his adult years as a very unpopular prophet, he had endured much persecution for his devotion to speaking out God’s message. Yet, when the Babylonians came and destroyed Jerusalem, he was not spared. He suffered just like everyone else.
However, in the midst of his anguish, Jeremiah realized that but for God’s mercy he, and everyone else on the planet, would be consumed. Despite his appointment (by God!) as a prophet (Jeremiah 1:5), Jeremiah still recognized his unworthiness before The Holy God.
If God does not continually exercise mercy, no one could stand, no one would have a chance. The life we live, however easy or however difficult, is afforded to us because of God’s mercy. Should God fail to look upon us mercifully we would ALL be consumed. And that does not just mean physical death. Except for God’s mercy, except for the Blood of Jesus, we would ALL instantly be dispatched to hell (Revelation 20:11-15)!!!
“And therefore will the LORD wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for the LORD is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for him.” ~ Isaiah 30:18
“But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.” ~ Isaiah 64:6
Despite his personal sufferings and sorrows, Jeremiah recognized this truth: he realized that God didn’t owe him anything, rather he owed God everything. Every painful breath that Jeremiah breathed was given to Him by the mercies of God. Every anguished minute of his life was a chance to serve God.
Friends, brothers, sisters, we are alive and we have hope, even in the darkest trials, because God has been merciful to us.
Even when things are most difficult and most painful, God is yet showing us mercy because we are alive, we still have a chance to call on His Name. By God’s MERCY we have life… and with life we have HOPE.