THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2016
THE AWESOME MERCY OF GOD - 2
If not for the mercy of God, we would be hopelessly cut off
from Him due to our sins. The awesome mercy of God is totally
unreasonable from the human point-of-view. It is graciously
giving what is undeserved. The mercy of God transcends even
the order of nature. Elizabeth was beyond child-bearing age
but “she gave birth to a son.” (Lk 1:57). Her
neighbors and relatives saw what this miracle was about, “that
the Lord had shown his great mercy toward her” (Lk 1:58).
then is our hope. We can then confidently turn to God and
say, “Remember your compassion and your mercy, O Lord,
for they are ages old. Remember no more the sins of my youth;
remember me according to your mercy, because of your goodness,
Lord.” (Ps 25:6-7). Now God extends His mercy even though
we are undeserving, but we need to respond. His mercy is an
invitation to repentance.
is about humbling ourselves, turning from pride in our human
ways and strength, and acknowledging that apart from God we
are nothing. The contrary is the way it is with the world.
“But we call the arrogant blessed; for evildoers not
only prosper but even test God and escape.” (Mal 3:15).
For us, we respond to the mercy of God by desiring to know
and live His ways. “Make known to me your ways, Lord;
teach me your paths.” (Ps 25:4). When we sincerely pray
this, then “He guides the humble in righteousness and
teaches the humble his way.” (Ps 25:9). And where does
His way lead to? “All the paths of the Lord are mercy
and truth toward those who honor his covenant and decrees.”
we must also be aware of the consequences of rejecting God’s
mercy by lack of repentance and persisting in sin. Some in
the world do have this attitude. “It is useless to serve
God; what do we gain by observing God’s requirements,
and by going about as mourners before the Lord of hosts?”
(Mal 3:14). The consequence of such arrogance will be terrible.
“For the day is coming, blazing like an over, when all
the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble, and the day
that is coming will set them on fire” (Mal 3:19a).
us humble ourselves and acknowledge our sinfulness. Let us
look to God’s mercy and forgiveness. “For the
sake of your name, Lord, pardon my guilt, though it is great.”
(Ps 25:11). Let us acknowledge our nothingness before the
awesome majesty of God. This puts us in right relationship
with God, who then extends to us His mercy and shows us the
way. “Who is the one who fears the Lord? God shows him
the way he should choose.” (Ps 25:12).
is the result of God’s mercy?
Our names are placed in the book of life. “A record
book was written before him of those who fear the Lord and
esteem his name.” (Mal 3:16b).
become God’s special people. “They shall be
mine, says the Lord of hosts, my own special possession”
will continue to show us the way. “The counsel of
the Lord belongs to those who fear him; and his covenant
instructs them.” (Ps 25:14).
will experience healing and re-birth. “But for you
who fear my name, the sun of justice will arise with healing
in its wings; and you will go out leaping like calves from
the stall” (Mal 3:20).
will pour out His bountiful blessings upon us. “He
will abide in prosperity, and his descendants will inherit
the land.” (Ps 25:13).
is God’s promise. “And I will have compassion
on them” (Mal 3:17b).