Love Mercy

“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness and to walk humbly with you God?” (Micah 6:8 ESV)

It was nearing the end of my twelve hour and I was feverishly charting to end the day.  But I was called yet again to tend to my restrained patient that was agitated, using foul language and attempting to throw punches at me.  Not only were my bones physically tired, but my soul was worn and weary.  I reluctantly and with haste made my way back into the patient’s room and tended to what was needed.  As I turned to leave, the Spirt of God slowed me down and declared in a quiet and gently whisper, “He is my son.”  My demeanor changed and my heart was tugged with that simple reminder.   

The scripture reminds us to not only be merciful but to love mercy.  Being merciful can draw from us acts of kindness which is right but loving mercy comes from the very heart of God.  It comes from the Power that works from within.  I am encouraged that even when we are stretched and the soul is tired and weary, we can rely upon the Spirit of God to empower and inspire our hearts beyond merciful act to acts infused with the Spirit of God that changes lives.

Prayer

Dear Father, I lift my hand to you praise for your compassionate heart.  Please teach me your ways of kindness and mercy.  I ask for the power and spirit of the living God so even when I am weary and can stretch my hand a bit further to minister to those in need.  In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

Before the Throne of Grace Bible Study

There is a quiet place
Far from the rapid pace
Where God can soothe my troubled mind

Sheltered by tree and flower
There is my quiet hour
With Him my cares are left behind

Whether a garden small
Or on a mountain tall
New strength and courage there I find

Then from this quiet place
I go prepared to face
A new day with love for all mankind
Ralph Carmichael

I am so glad you have decided to join us for the next 7 weeks as we explore some beautiful gems of truth that can ease the soul in troubled times.

During this study, you will hear some expressions such as:

  • Most Holy Place
  • High priest
  • Throne room
  • Sanctuary
  • Christ’s sacrifice
  • Mercy seat

These concepts are truth written and at times difficult to understand.  They tell us about the elaborate plan of salvation that only a sovereign God can execute.

Other concept we will run across are:

  • Mercy
  • Rich grace
  • Compassion
  • Steadfast love
  • God’s faithfulness

These concepts tell us the “why” of the more difficult things that we talk about. 

“But God, being rich in mercy because of the great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ-by grace you have been saved.”  Ephesians 2:4-5

This study will run for 7 weeks.  At the beginning of each week, I will place the video devotional and study guide in A Gathering of Friends FB Bible study group.  If you have not joined the group, please do so now.    We will meet each Saturday morning via ZOOM conferencing at 0830.  Please know that registration for the study is important.  It is how you will get the link for the video conference. 

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Take a Stand

“I will take my stand at my watchpost and station myself on the tower, and look out to see what He will say to me, and what I will answer concerning my complaint.” (Habakkuk 2:1 ESV)

Have you ever wrestled with God because of His silence or wondered why His ways were just not jiving with what you thought? It is here that we find the servant of God in Habakkuk 1.  He is standing in the backdrop of Judea amid wickedness, strife and oppression and he is asking God why He is being silent and why was He not delivering them.  God goes on to answer Habakkuk with a message of further doom and judgement upon the people.  I am pretty sure it is not what Habakkuk wanted to hear.  But it is here that the prophet of God makes a clear declaration.  “I will take my stand at my watchpost and station myself on the tower and look to see what He will say to me…”  Habakkuk 2:1

Sisters, I encourage you when you feel like God is silent and you don’t understand what He is doing, run to the Lord who is your strong tower. Stand firm and remain at your post.   It is where you will find power and safety.  It is where you will be able to look out above the fray with more clarity.  God is moving on your behalf.

Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father, I thank you so much for being my strong tower and a place of safety.  I ask that you give me courage to stand firm and remain at my post.  I pray for clarity of mind and understanding through tough times.  rI praise your name in thanks for deliverance.  In Jesus name I pray. Amen

Reflect

What are some of the obstacles that keep you distracted from standing at the watchpost that God has placed before you?