In my recent study of the mercy of the Lord, I came across the following verse.
“Behold now, thy servant hath found grace in thy sight, and thou hast magnified thy mercy, which thou hast shewed unto me in saving my life; and I cannot escape to the mountain, lest some evil take me, and I die:“ Genesis 19:19
I kind of did a double take as I read the words of magnified mercy and saving of life followed by I cannot escape to the mountain, lest some evil take me and I die. What ???
We are all familiar with the story of Lot and how he was removed from the city of Sodom and Gomorrah just prior to it being destroyed; but focusing in on this one single verse I saw a picture of just how blind we can be to the true working of God’s mercy.
God had just removed Lot from utter destruction, from the complete and utter decimation of the city in which he lived; but Lot immediately questioned God’s direction in telling him to go to the mountain and God’s ability to see him there safely. He never missed a beat in his lack of faith in what God could do to protect him even though he had just partaken in a true example of the depth of God’s mercy.
I could not help but pause and say, “Really Lot, REALLY ??” . . . And then, I immediately could hear God speaking to my heart, “Really Tina, REALLY??”
How often I have done the same thing? Now granted, I have as yet not been removed from a city just prior to it being destroyed by fire; but, God has certainly delivered me from situations of destruction only for me to turn around within the next instant and see something ahead as impossible. How is it that all too soon we forget the magnitude of God’s mercy, we forget the magnitude of His power ?
“Know therefore that the Lord thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;” Deuteronomy 7:9
“And he said, Lord God of Israel, there is no God like thee, in heaven above, or on earth beneath, who keepest covenant and mercy with thy servants that walk before thee with all their heart:”1 Kings 8:23
“But I will sing of thy power; yea, I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the morning: for thou hast been my defence and refuge in the day of my trouble. Unto thee, O my strength, will I sing: for God is my defence, and the God of my mercy.” Psalm 59:16-17
No greater security can be found than to have absolute assurance of a God of mercy, who stands ready to protect us in our time of trouble. It is nothing that we have done that gives reason for Him to extend mercy toward us, but all made possible through the work of His Son Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary.
“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;” Titus 3:5
His Mercy is Great, there is no end to the power of His might nor the extent by which His mercy can save us. It is by His Magnified Mercy !!!