God’s Mercy And Compassion

Psa 136:23
23 Who remembered us in our low estate: for his mercy endureth for ever:

Sometimes, we simply need to remember that God knows our low situation, and that He is always merciful. The word for mercy can also be translated loving-kindness. God’s loving kindness toward us is everlasting, ever present, and always available.

Num 14:18
18 The Lord is longsuffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression

His mercy is still there when we don’t get it right, over and over again. It IS His desire that we get it right, but sometimes, I see Him as a parent rooting for us, and we are 5 years old and learning to play ball.

Some of us are trying to hit the ball, but hit the coach who is setting the ball on the batter’s T. Some of us are chasing butterflies in the outfield, clueless of what is going on. Still others hit the ball, but run the wrong way. Maybe you and I are the ones sitting crying in the grass because we don’t know how to play or understand the game yet.

Our Father knows we don’t get it all yet, and that this is new to us, but He still wants to see us succeed, and He cheers us on even when we are staring down at our shoes or talking to another player while the ball is coming our way. He is on our side, loving us all the while.

Mic 7:19
19 He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us;
he will subdue our iniquities;
and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.

Even when our situation is due to our own rebellion or sin, he has compassion on us. He will put our sins under His feet, and then cast them away from us. These are the actions of a Father who wants us to get it right, and who has the infinite patience to stay with us until we get it right.

Tit 3:5
5 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;

The entire reason behind saving us was His mercy, and He continues to regenerate and renew us in the Holy Spirit because of His loving kindness. BEHIND EVERY ACTION (or inaction) ON GOD’S PART IS HIS MERCY TOWARD US! That means that whatever we are going through, regardless of what we see with our eyes, is somehow mercifully meant toward us – if not the thing that has happened, then something that will come from it.

2Co 1:3
3 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;

It is because of His mercy that He also desires to comfort us. How horrible it would be to go through life dealing with fear, anxiety and depression without the comfort of God’s promises and his presence! But we don’t have to experience anything without Him, because He doesn’t shy away from tough emotional moments with us – He stays with us in the midst of them, comforting and encouraging us as One who has been there.

Penny Haynes