MONDAY July 24, 2017
“Nevertheless in Your great mercy You did not utterly consume them nor forsake them; for You are God, gracious and merciful.” - >Nehemiah 9:31
Once again the people reflected on God’s great mercy. When placed in the hands of their enemies, even though they suffered, they still recognized that in the midst of their troubles, God had mercy on their lives.
There were times in Israel’s history that God could have wiped them out entirely. In Deuteronomy 9:13-14, God spoke to Moses and said:
“…‘I have seen this people, and indeed they are a stiff-necked people. Let Me alone, that I may destroy them and blot out their name from under heaven; and I will make of you a nation mightier and greater than they.’ ”
Then in Exodus 32:10, God once again spoke to Moses: “Now therefore, let Me alone, that My wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them. And I will make of you a great nation.”
Moses stood in the gap for the children of Israel and became an intercessor for them. He knew God’s character was merciful and pleaded on their behalf (Exodus 32:11-13).
Imagine, the Lord in His great mercy has not consumed us because of our sins! Ephesians 2:4-5 tells us:
But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved)…
Seriously, in your life would you rather have God’s mercy or God’s judgment?
Through the Lord's mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.
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