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“In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and confidence shall be your strength.” But you would not, and you said,”No, for we will flee on horses” — Therefore you shall flee! And “We will ride on swift horses” — Therefore those who pursue you shall be swift! – Isaiah 30:15-16 NKJV
It must have pained our Heavenly Father when His children rebelled against Him. Instead of accepting His grace and mercy, as well as the consequences of their rebellion, they chose to run from their problems.
The Lord is a God of justice, and He did not let the children of Israel get off scot free without teaching them what they had done wrong, but He also showed them mercy and forgiveness, and even salvation. They may not have deserved forgiveness, but God makes sure that love wins over all else. Amen.
But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing to the Lord, for He has been good to me. – Psalm 13:5-6 NIV
When the Lord restores our health after a period of illness, it is time to rejoice. Doesn’t that make us feel like singing?
The Lord loves us without fail. He saved us, and that in and of itself is a reason to rejoice.
We can also find joy in the little things: a sparrow’s song, a smile from our loved ones, and a goodnight kiss for our children before they go to bed.
The Lord’s love is sweet and something to cherish. When we delight in God’s law and follow the path that He has set out for us, our lives prosper.
Our God is a merciful God. He does not allow suffering to continue forever. He helps us. Amen.
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet without sin. Let us approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. – Hebrews 4:15-16 NIV
We need Jesus. He sympathizes with our struggles more than anyone can. He understands and listens to us, and He is always there to help us when we need Him. We can have the confidence that when we cry out because we need Him to help us, He will never ignore us. He answers us. He knows we need mercy. We have been saved by grace.
His thoughts are not our thoughts. He understands the inner workings of the universe far more than we do.
We do not need to focus on being right; we only need to turn our eyes upon Him, and our path will become clear. Amen.
He has shown you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and walk humbly with your God. – Micah 6:8 NIV
Good things and abundance come from the Lord. When we act justly and love mercy, we become closer to God in our walk with Him.
We can trust that when we show mercy, He will bless our lives in a much bigger way than what our limited minds can fathom. He has good plans for us, much greater than we know.
When He calls us to move, we can move. When He asks us to trust Him, we can know that He will never let us down. We can have peace that when we follow God’s purpose for us, we will be blessed beyond imagination. He renews and teaches us each day. Amen.
Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of His inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy. – Micah 7:18
When someone we worked hard for in the past hurts our feelings, it’s tempting to stay angry and hold a grudge against that person.
God expects us to show mercy the way He would show mercy to us. He pardons our sins, and we can be thankful for the mercy He shows us. Isn’t it also good to mirror His character and let go of anger and resentment?
Forgiveness helps us heal. We may not forget the lesson we learned as a result of whatever happened, but we can thank God for allowing that lesson to come into our lives. When we practice mercy and forgiveness, we become a little more like Him. Amen.