Monday, October 27, 2008
Mercy In The Midst Of Judgement
And destruction came on every living thing moving on the earth, birds and cattle and beasts and everything which went on the earth, and every man. 22 Everything on the dry land, in which was the breath of life, came to its end. 23 Every living thing on the face of all the earth, man and cattle and things moving on the face of the earth, and birds of the air, came to destruction: only Noah and those who were with him in the ark, were kept from death. 24 And the waters were over the earth a hundred and fifty days.
And God kept Noah in mind,
-Genesis 7:21 – 8:1
So my wrath will be complete and my passion will come to rest on them; and they will be certain that I the Lord have given the word of decision, when my wrath against them is complete.
And the Lord went past before his eyes, saying, The Lord, the Lord, a God full of pity and grace, slow to wrath and great in mercy and faith;
- Exodus 34:6
God’s justice cannot be restrained forever, we may think that he doesn’t know or doesn’t care but it is because of his mercy that you are being spared. Noah’s neighbors had the whole time that the ark was being built to consider what was going on so when destruction came their way they could only blame themselves.
God’s mercy comes through during the destruction of everything else, “God kept Noah in mind.” What a very, very personal display of God’s love. The rest of the world is in chaos and ruin but God kept Noah in mind.
I will remember that God is in control, something that I definitely need to remember during this election time. My God is a just God that wants a very personal relationship with me.
Thank you for your love and mercy, thank you that you give us room to blow it and then you give us time to repent.