Thankful for God’s Mercy

by Sony Elise | December 4, 2022 2:11 PM

In reading through Exodus, I am struck by God’s mercy–even to Egyptians who had no regard for Him whatsoever. Emphasis is often placed on the plagues that God sent their way, but more often than not, He warned them of what was to come if they continued to disregard His command to let His people go. Pharaoh refused to do what God asked, so this merciful God sent the judgment that He had forewarned.

Christians are often asked, “If God is so good, why is there suffering?” The answer is because of sin and rebellion. Ever since Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit, even God’s most faithful servants have experienced trials and heartaches. This will be true until Christ’s return, but in His mercy, He tells us in His Word how He desires us to live. He leads us by His Spirit if we are willing to listen. He tells us that He will provide a way of escape when we face temptation. And sometimes He will test our faith and endurance. But He has also promised us a Home with Him forever if we are faithful to the end.

I, for one, am thankful for God’s mercy. No matter what I go through, I know that He is holding my hand. When I don’t know how much more I can take, I’m reminded that He is with me. In Psalm 23:6, David sang, “Surely, goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.” I believe that those of us who love the Lord can rest assured of that as well.

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