7 “For a mere moment I have forsaken you, But with great mercies I will gather you.
8 With a little wrath I hid My face from you for a moment; But with everlasting kindness I will have mercy on you,” Says the Lord, your Redeemer.
Take a moment to read and to re-read these verses. What message do you hear from God? Now think about the audience it was written to. The people in Jerusalem had rejected the word of God and the prophets of God for years. They worshipped idols and even offered their infant children in idol sacrifices. They practiced slavery of their own people without letting them free in a prescribed time. God had every reason to forsake them permanently and to let them suffer the consequences of their sins against Him. They deserved the wrath of God for their constant rejection of Him.
But God could not bring Himself to forget His people. God could not hold His anger against them for very long. The mercy of God, one of His defining attributes, comes through like the sun through the clouds during a storm. Yes, God left them to their ways for a moment of time and yes they discovered the wrath of God for a moment of time but God could not withhold His mercy for long.
I have read this verse for many years of my Christian life and have always found comfort in it. Like Israel, I too have forsaken God and not listened to His word. And like Israel I have grieved my Maker, my God. As God showed them His wrath I too have felt the judgment of God’s wrath against my sin. But, and what a wonderful reality this is, but God has never withheld His mercy and His kindness from me for long. No, He cannot withhold these attributes of His from me and God always comes back to draw me to Himself with His kindness and mercy.
My friends, when you are in the shadows of your life, God has not left you for long. Cry out to Him and He will be there. Beg for His kindness and for His mercy and you will know it is there. God cannot be anyone different than who He is; He is a kind and a merciful Savior who loves all who bear His image. He is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. Rejoice with me today in God’s kindness and mercy toward us, His people.
It is Wednesday and tonight we will have our adult Bible studies at 7:00 with prayer time starting at 7:45. Kids Club will begin at 7 as will youth group. I am leading the Wednesday night youth group for now and am looking forward to our time together.
Friday night we will have a Riverwalk outreach from 7-9PM. Join us for a great time of meeting people, lifting up God’s name in song, and open opportunities to proclaim the gospel. If you cannot come, do be in prayer for unique opportunities, Divine appointments with those who are coming by.
On August 2nd a woman needs a ride to the University of Chicago Hospital and a ride home. If you have the day available and believe God would have you to serve in this way, please let me know.
Have a great day in the Lord,