WEDNESDAY 23RD AUGUST 2017 READ – DAY: Gal 5; Night: Eccl 5-8
THEME: SEEK FOR MERCY
TEXT: MARK 10:46-52
HYMN: EMHB 512 Lord, as to Thy dear Cross we flee
Do you, like most of us, believe that good things only happen to good people? Does it signify sinfulness when unwanted events do happen? This was the same position that Job was and his friends assumed that his calamities must be as a result of his sins, either hidden or exposed. Does God punish us by allowing unpleasant things to happen to us to correct us?
In Ex 33:19b God says “I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy”. Since we all agree that God is in control of all events in our lives and is Omnipotent, why then does He allow events that are unpleasant to happen to us? Does God randomly choose who to show mercy? What qualifies us for His mercy? Maybe during Job’s time, it was their goodness. But after the event of Calvary, Jesus purchased for us that right by His blood. The blood justifies us by faith. On our own accord we cannot have mercy from God. Job was judged on his own merit. However, the scripture says all our righteousness is like filthy rag before God so we should seek mercy by pleading the atoning blood of Jesus upon ourselves. This blood washes all our guilty stains and sanitizes us so that we can receive the mercy of God by faith. Let us, therefore, approach the throne of grace to receive the mercy which we all require to go through this tumultuous life.
MEMORY VERSE: Mk10:47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout ‘Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me.’
PRAYER: Father, have mercy on me in Your loving kindness and help me in every area of my life in Jesus’ name. Amen.