Who Obtains Mercy?

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Psalms 103:13 (KJV) Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him.

After Laide looked at her life and that of her childhood friends, she came to the conclusion that her life was simply the product of God’s mercy. Many of her primary school classmates ended up as junkies. Others got pregnant and had to drop out of school. Some were killed in gang rivalries, while others ended up as prostitutes.

She was now a celebrated medical doctor and could remember how the Lord’s mercy was what preserved her from the corruption that consumed many of her childhood friends. As she grew in spiritual understanding, she remembered that unlike her friends, she had a praying grandmother who never stopped praying for her. This was why she obtained mercy and the fires of life that consumed her childhood friends did not consume her. The biggest demonstration of God’s mercy for her was that her name was now written in the book of life. She was no more going to perish but would inherit eternal life.

We know that in this life, it is not to him that wills nor to him that runs, but it is the Lord that shows mercy(Romans 9:16). It may seem that the mercy of God is just arbitrary and can land on anyone by chance, but a careful study of scripture reveals that that is not the case.

Exodus 20:6 reveals that the Lord shows mercy to thousands of generations of those who love and keep His commandments. Today’s scripture reveals that the Lord pitieth them that fear Him. Hebrews reveals that it is when we come boldly to the throne of grace that we’d obtain mercy (Hebrews 4:16).

Today, even if you come from a generation of people who have hated the Lord, you can change the story for yourself and your children after you. You can come boldly to God’s throne of grace and obtain mercy for yourself and your generation. We come boldly through the name of the Lord Jesus. Those who have accepted the Lordship of Christ Jesus over their lives are those who can come boldly to God’s throne of grace and obtain mercy. Those who profess faith in Christ with their mouths but whose lives reveal that they do not fear the Lord cannot come boldly to the throne of grace because of an evil conscience.

Go into today remembering that even though it may seem so to the undiscerning, the mercy of God is not arbitrary.

Prayer: Ask the Lord to help you always position yourself in the way that will help you always receive mercy.
—Abraham Dami Arigi

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