“Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not.” Lamentations 3:22
Where would we be without the mercy and kindness of the LORD God?
The Bible makes it pretty clear: Because of our sinfulness and rebellion against God and His ways, we would be consumed by His wrath and suffer forever the torments of hell! But because of God’s loving-kindness and because His mercies are not ended, we live on in this world and are blessed of Him with life, food, clothing, shelter, family and loved ones.
Even more importantly, we are blessed with the Word of God and His long-suffering, giving us time to repent of our sinful ways and receive through faith His mercy and forgiveness in the crucified and risen-again Messiah Jesus.
The Bible says of Christ’s second coming and His judgment upon this evil world: “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).
That means that this world continues on a little longer because God is being patient and merciful toward us, not desiring that any should perish and be condemned to hell but that all of us should come to repentance and place our faith and hope in the Lord Jesus and His holy life and innocent sufferings and death in our stead. God is giving us more time to repent and come to faith in Jesus.
And so it is true: “Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not.”
Every one of us – and that certainly includes me – are deserving of the cessation of God’s mercy because of our sinfulness, but His mercies are not ended. He continues to reach out to us in mercy and with forgiveness, calling upon us to repent and look to Him for mercy and forgiveness for the sake of Christ Jesus and His atoning sacrifice upon the cross.
O gracious and merciful Lord God, thank You for Your mercy upon me. Thank You for not giving up on me and condemning me. Grant me forgiveness and life for the sake of the Son, Christ Jesus, my Savior. In His name, I seek Your mercy. Amen.
[Scripture is taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.]