“Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.”
Psalms 107:1 NKJV
The closer I get to Jesus, the more I see my former self with clarity. Like turning on a bright light in a dusty room, I am reminded of the disorder and filth, that was there, and the cleanliness that faith in Christ has brought. Several times per day I flash back on something I did in the past, some sin, some evil that I perpetuated. I remember that the Lord forgave that sin, and that the reminder is coming from the evil one.
“You dirty dog! How can God use you?”
In those moments, I rejoice in the fact the Lord’s mercies endure forever. As I complete my current year of bible reading, I am daily reminded of the forbearance of God, as I read of the Children of Israel and their overwhelming tendency to sin. I apply that to myself, by way of application. We who believe are grafted in, and have a spiritual connection to those God has chosen. We too have that tendency to wander after other gods, but still He is merciful.
I spent a good deal of time reviewing Psalm 107 this morning. I read how, time and time again, the Lord intervened to lift His people out of the mire, how He liberated them from bondage in chains, and blessed them. I consider all the times that He has lifted me from the mire, often of my own creation, how He has liberated me from chains of sin, that I shackled myself with, and how He persists in blessing me even though I don’t deserve it.
The Lord is truly good!
In the Holy Scriptures, we have a constant reminder of God’s faithfulness regardless of what we may face. With that in mind, let us go boldly into the throne room of grace and cry out to God. He hears us! He loves us!
The struggles that we face are always outpaced by the grace of God. As we awaken each day, facing the unknown and uncertainty, we know that we have the Lord who who knows the end from the beginning, and will walk us through. Go into each day with confidence, seeking Him, worshipping the Lord and thanking Jesus for His sacrifice on the cross.
His mercy will always endure, regardless of what the future holds. Take comfort in that, my brothers and sisters, and that we inherit an unshakeable kingdom.
“Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.”
Hebrews 12:28 NKJV
Rejoice in the forbearance of God, that He does not give us what we deserve, but delivers us and blesses us. He is the epitome of tolerance, as we all deserve hell. Jesus came to earth to pay for our sins, that we be forgiven our sins, and can be with Him in Heaven.
Let us also demonstrate the forbearance with others. We encounter many who have not known the grace of God. We are His ambassadors, let us go out and share the Good News. Let us not be so hung up on the sins of those who do not know the Lord, for they are sinners, and sinners are going to sin. We are the saved and we are to love, that they see Jesus. Let communicate the justice of God with love.
Pause today and consider what life would be like if the Lord did not have the heart of forebearance, and ask that He place the burden for the lost in your heart, that He give you opportunities to share the Gospel, and that you be bold to go out and serve your King.