God of Mercy
Focus: Micah 7:18 - KJV
18. Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy.
God is full of mercy. Man is constantly upsetting in Him in every sphere of life. This God has the power to kill and to make alive. He kills them that live contrary to His will if He so desires without anyone questioning His actions. A musician once sang that if a thousand folks die on Saturday, assuredly praises will be sang to God on Sunday. But, rather than keep killing man like He did in the days of Noah and at Sodom and Gomorrah, He overlooks most of the behaviors of man just so that man may live. This is because of His mercy. Incidentally, when the misbehavior of man gets to a level, He lets go and allows destruction to set in despite His mercy. Before that would happen, His long suffering would have been so stretched that ordinary observers would judge Him righteous when destruction as judgment befalls the victim.
On the way to the promised land, God ignored the murmurings of Israel and rather watch over them with the pillar of cloud by day and that of fire by night; parted the Red Sea for them to walk through on dry ground; gave them manna to eat; added flesh to it when they murmured about its dryness and monotony; cleared the enemies in their paths as they went on their journey; gave them water from the rock; ensured they needed no change of raiment; kept them safe from infirmities and so on, despite their murmuring. While they murmured and He kept on doing them good, bearing them upon the palm of His hand, it was because He is a merciful God. A time arose when He got enraged and would have cleared them all to begin afresh with Moses but for Moses’ intercession. He still showed mercy. But then, when at the brink of success when their forty days journey was almost completed for them to enter into the land of promise, they denied the One who had seen them through thick and thin. He also decided to deny them and condemned them to forty years of parambulation and eventual death in the wilderness. If not for mercy though, perhaps they would all have been destroyed on the spot.
Beloved, I pray with you today: may He forgive your past murmurings, give you the fortitude never to murmur at Him again and keep His mercy available to you throughout your life and being in Jesus name. Happy Day!