Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Through His Mercy
“He called out,” Jesus, Son of David
Have mercy on me.” Luke 18:38 (NIV)
The blind beggar called out to Jesus as He passed by. We know the story, the Lord stopped and asked the mendicant what he wanted done for him. “Lord, I want to see,” was the reply. Jesus’ response came quickly, “Receive your sight, your faith has healed you.”
We serve a merciful God. He answers our prayers because of His great love for us. He protects us from harm, guides us through difficult times. When we hurt, He comforts us.
Our God showed His mercy to mankind from when He discovered Adam and Eve’s sin. The tenderness He displayed when he made them coverings for their bodies and chose to let them live speaks to our souls.
When Jesus hung on the cross and the one criminal spoke words of understanding about Christ’s having done nothing wrong, God’s Son extended mercy to him and promised he would be in paradise.
As ambassadors of Christ we are to extend mercy to those we meet. As we go through each day, we should greet others with a smile or a kind word, give a listening ear, and love them as God would.
When we approach God’s throne with a need, ours or another’s, we approach humbly. We ask Him to grant our request out of His mercy, not because we are such good praying people.
Sometimes, we have to listen for God to speak. We shouldn’t be in a hurry for His answer because He works on His own time table.
No matter how long we have to wait for God’s answer, we have to obey what He says. It seems that when we hear His word and we choose to follow our own path, we can risk losing our special closeness with Him. It is only through God’s mercy we don’t.