2/10/17 Judgment and Mercy
“When I remove My hand from something, only darkness is left. When I bring judgment upon something, it must reel under the weight of My purposes. It must eventually surrender to My will or it will simply cease to exist.
"People have become used to My grace upon this land for so long that it has been taken for granted. As My judgments flow, many will curse Me; others will see that I am doing what I have promised all along, allowing everyone a final opportunity to turn to Me.
"Even judgment is really My mercy and grace for it brings you, My people, to Me. You really come to Me only because you have need, but you do come.”
Rom. 8:28-31 AMP
28) We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose.
29) For those whom He foreknew [of whom He was aware and loved beforehand], He also destined from the beginning [foreordaining them] to be molded into the image of His Son [and share inwardly His likeness], that He might become the firstborn among many brethren.
30) And those whom He thus foreordained, He also called; and those whom He called, He also justified (acquitted, made righteous, putting them into right standing with Himself). And those whom He justified, He also glorified [raising them to a heavenly dignity and condition or state of being].
31) What then shall we say to [all] this? If God is for us, who [can be] against us? [Who can be our foe, if God is on our side?]
To say that we are blessed is an incredible understatement. I think of my life; when I realize what I really deserve, all I can do is fall in a heap at the feet of Jesus, thankful for His mercy toward me. He accepts me when I don’t deserve acceptance. He loves me even when I have no idea how to love Him back. He is with me even when I choose to be far from Him because of my choices and failures. I will be with Him forever because He loved me enough to die for me.
The mercy of God is beyond understanding. First, there’s Jesus, the epitome of mercy toward a creation that had no hope of any kind of deliverance from its sin. He came even when we didn’t want salvation; but in God’s mercy, He came to us.
Now, in the closing moments, the incredible patience and mercy of God is the only power holding back the close of all things and the final damnation of all those who scorn God. God wishes that none should perish, so he is giving more time to those who need to repent before He closes the door. Even the tribulation period - with its judgments, horrors, and overwhelming dismay - is God’s mercy. It is a final chance to repent. Those who wouldn’t bend their knee in good times are put under so much pressure that they either bend and repent or walk away cursing.
What an incredible God! What mercy! Thank You, Lord.
Walking with a grateful heart,