THE MERCIES OF GOD – PART 1
TEXT: For he says to Moses, "I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion."
This month we shall be looking at the theme the Mercies of God. My prayer is that the Lord would have mercy on you and your household in Jesus name. I enjoin you to ensure that you walk with us this month with faith and with expectations. I know that our God whom we serve, the God of heaven and earth, whose mercies endure forever, would smile on you this season in Jesus name.
The word mercy can be described as meaning any of these words: compassion, forgiveness, kindness, generosity, benevolence, leniency, and so on. Therefore our attempt at looking at the mercies of God throughout this month would be from the context of these various listed meanings. From the above, we may conveniently describe the mercies of God as the result and the effect of God’s goodness and grace. It is therefore a result of God’s divine personality and nature .
If you look at the text, you would observe the use of the word “I” in the verse. We are told in the bible that God introduced himself as the “I am that I am”. God through this is showing that He is the self-existent one; creator not created. Because He is the self-existent one, that is why He can and is at liberty to do as He wills. For instance, He declared in Exod. 33:19 that "I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the LORD, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion”. I pray that as you go through this month of June the Lord would cause all His goodness to pass in front of you in Jesus name. He would proclaim His name on your behalf in the presence of your enemies in Jesus name. Because He is God, He is unquestionable. He decides whom to bless, whom to show kindness to and whom to show His goodness unto. Of course, He also has the prerogative as to whom to show His wrath. My prayer is that you would be a candidate for His mercies and compassion in Jesus name.
Indeed, God’s mercy is a result of His benevolent divine nature. For instance, one of such nature of God that He manifests through His mercy is Love. The bible says in 1Jn.4:8 that “God is love”. This tells us that the mercies of God is borne out of who He is (Love). So, when He says I would have mercy on whom I would have mercy, what He is saying implicitly is that His mercy is shown to men not because they deserve it but because He is love. God’s love nature is clearly stated in 1 Jn. 4: 9 – 10. Here we read, “This is how God showed his love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins”. That is why salvation call is unto all men, irrespective of how far you have gone away from Him. He accepts everyone who comes to Him as they are. God is ready to save anyone who comes to Him. He is no respecter of persons but would save anyone and everyone who accepts His invitation. That is why it is important that you accept His invitation today if you have not yet given your life to Christ. All you have to do is to confess your sin unto Him and accept Him as the Lord of your life and decide purpose not to go back to your sins again.
Today is an opportunity for you to key into His mercies by accepting His invitation. Beloved it is dangerous to delay His invitation as tomorrow may be too late. I pray that you would not miss out on His mercies in Jesus name.
Dr. Yinka Okude
RCCG Jesus sanctuary, Northampton