“Who will feel sorry for you, Jerusalem? Who will weep for you? Who will even bother to ask how you are?
You have abandoned me and turned your back on me,” says the Lord. Jeremiah 15:5-6
It is an undeniable truth that none besides the Lord Himself truly loves Jerusalem, which is His people – you & me.
We were all rejected, failures, hopeless and good for nothing left to sink and decay in miry clay. Then, the Savior came – the One and the only One Who felt sorry for us, the One and the only One Who weeped for us and the One and the only One Who cared for us!
But as he (Jesus) came closer to Jerusalem and saw the city ahead, he began to weep. Luke 29:41
Where will I be, without this forgiving Savior, full of compassion and full of mercy! Jesus, how I love you!
For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime!
Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning. Psalm 30:5
“So who am I, that I should try to answer God or even reason with him? Even if I were right, I would have no defense. I could only plead
for mercy” Job 9:14-15
There is no way we can go argue with God and win. We can complain, murmur or scream in frustration – nothing could prove us correct to God.
Job couldn’t understand what was going on and was devastated. His friends came in the name of comfort but they end up poking his wounds and hurt him. In a way, the visit of friends was another assignment of devil to stir his mouth to speak things against God.
When our hopes are shattered and life is nothing but pain – it is absolute God’s grace every moment that we live. Even then, we don’t qualify to shout at God or argue Him, rather as Job declared we can only plead for His mercy!
As long as we set things right before God and know that He is good, and has total control on our situation – we simply have to wait for His mercy.
David said to Gad, “I am in deep distress. Let us fall into the hands of the LORD, for his mercy is great; but do not let me fall into human hands.” 2 Samuel 24:14
When all our hopes are gone, let’s hope in God’s mercy – He will never disappoint us!
So it is God who decides to show mercy. We can neither choose it nor work for it. Romans 8:16
When David sinned in spirit against God by taking census, he opted to fall into the hands of God trusting in His mercy! (1 Chronicles 21:12-13)
God is just, the righteous, the perfect, the holy and the almighty – yet, He is the only fortress we can run to even when we were against Him and sinned against Him. His mercies are unbelievable (that’s why it is called mercy!).
God’s mercy and forgiveness are the only reason we survive. Because of His mercy we get back up again, we have a tomorrow and expect to be rescued!
Let’s wait upon Him to show us mercy, for He is good!
We keep looking to the Lord our God for his mercy, just as servants keep their eyes on their master, as a slave girl watches her mistress for the slightest signal. Psalm 123:2
No, the Lord’s delight is in those who fear him, those who put their hope in his unfailing love. Psalm 147:11
How great it is to know that we can bring delight (an extreme pleasure) to the Lord by fearing Him!
Fear of the Lord comes in our lives not because we’re threatened by His power and might, but because of His unbelievable forgiveness and tender mercy towards us.
But you offer forgiveness, that we might learn to fear you. Psalm 130:4
The only way to maintain the fear of the Lord is continue to praise Him and thank Him for His forgiveness and mercy.
Isaiah 11 says Lord Jesus Christ delighted in fearing His Father!
“His delight is in the fear of the Lord” Isaiah 11:3
Fear of the Lord is the only thing that brings a mutual delight in God and in us. Let’s delight in Him!
What if the Lord had not been on our side? Psalm 124:1
This is one beautiful question to ask ourselves thinking back every single year / month in our past.
- I would’ve lost my mind if Lord was not with me in the past month of May.
- I would’ve lost my hope of eternity if Lord was not with me in 2011.
- I would be childless if Lord was not with me in 2008/2009.
- I would’ve been jobless and broke if Lord was not with me in 2008/2009.
- I would’ve not launched in vision if Lord was not with me in 2008.
- I would’ve lost my Dad if Lord was not with me in 2006.
- I would’ve stayed single if Lord was not with me in 2004.
- I would’ve been dead if Lord was not with me in 2000.
- I would’ve remained in the dark if Lord was not with me in 1999.
“For in him we live and move and have our being!” Acts 17:28.
If Lord is not with us, we would be a fish out of water – suffocated and soon dead. So, let’s praise the Lord. Yes, praise the Lord, don’t complain.