Monday: March 9, 2020
Psalms 103:10 He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
There is a song that comes to mind today: it’s lyrics are translated along the lines of ‘why are you still bidding your time? Won’t you serve the Lord while you have the strength to?’ I would add an extra line of lyric: won’t you run to the mercy seat while you can?
If God rendered judgement immediately according to our actions, thoughts or inaction, we would seriously find ourselves wanting because we will be some distance off the expected standard. Yet, God does not deal with us accordingly, but shows us Mercy even in our Misery.
What the mercy of God does is to buy us time because it isn’t that God is oblivious of the ways of man. In fact, as our creator, He knows us too well. Hence, David can say ‘God knows our frame, He remembers that we are dust’ (ps 103:14). He knows my frame and yours through and through; and that is why man taking our frailty into account, He has set us in ‘time’. Because without time, there can only be immediate judgement.
Hebrews 9:27 ‘And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: when time stops, judgement awaits. So this is where the mercy of God steps in -‘ appearing to delay or defer verdict’ to give us the chance to reflect on how we are living and to make necessary changes’.
His mercy leaves the door open for us to return to Him, as long as there is time. For man, that time is finite hence the constant reminder ‘seek the Lord while He may found’. Sweetheart, God’s mercy remains available at every moment, it is only suggested that we speedily run to it because our clocks are counting down and time is running out.