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God's Mercy in the Midst of Rebellion


April 7, 2024

Our fathers understood not thy wonders in Egypt; they remembered not the multitude of thy mercies; but provoked him at the sea, even at the Red sea. Nevertheless he saved them for his name's sake, that he might make his mighty power to be known. 

                                                         - Psalms 106:7-8 


In Psalm 106:7-8, we see a vivid depiction of human rebellion and divine mercy. The Israelites, despite witnessing God's miraculous deeds in Egypt, quickly forgot His goodness and rebelled against Him at the Red Sea. Their hearts were hardened, their faith wavering, yet in the face of their disobedience, God chose to demonstrate His boundless mercy. 


It is remarkable to consider that even when we rebel against God, He remains faithful to His promises. The Israelites deserved judgment for their disobedience, but instead, God intervened on their behalf. He saved them not because of their righteousness but for the sake of His own name and glory. 

It is remarkable to consider that even when we rebel against God, He remains faithful to His promises.

This passage reminds us that God's mercy knows no bounds. Even when we falter and fail, He is ready to forgive and restore us. Like the Israelites, there may be times when we find ourselves in rebellion against God, whether through disobedience, doubt, or neglect of His commands. Yet, even in our waywardness, God extends His hand of mercy, reaching out to rescue us from the consequences of our actions. 


Consider Job's wife in Job 2:9, who in her anguish and desperation, urged Job to curse God and die. In the depths of despair, it's easy to lose sight of God's mercy and goodness. Despite her misguided counsel, God did not abandon her. He extended His mercy to her as well, ultimately restoring Job's fortunes and blessing him abundantly. 


So, if you find yourself in a place of rebellion or despair, take heart. God's mercy is available to you today. His love reaches beyond our failures and shortcomings, offering forgiveness and restoration to all who turn to Him in repentance. Let us, therefore, lift our voices in praise and gratitude for the mercy of our gracious God, who saves us despite our rebellion and makes His mighty power known for His name's sake. Amen. 


Song of Worship  

 Great is Your mercy towards me 

Your loving kindness towards me 

Your tender mercy, I see 

Day after day 

Prayer - May we be reminded of the depth of God's love and mercy towards us. Let us strive to remember His many kindnesses and miracles in our lives, responding with hearts of gratitude and obedience. And may we, like the psalmist, declare the mighty power of God, giving Him the praise and honor He deserves in Jesus’ name Amen. 
 

Bible in 1 year: 1 Samuel 13-14

 

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