When I was younger my brother and I would challenge each other, along with other boys, to feats of strength. The idea behind this was to get the other person to submit by begging for mercy. After the challenge, we would laugh and talk about how much it had hurt earlier. How could two boys that just intentionally caused pain on one another return to being such good friends? Simple, because mercy was shown. Someone has defined mercy as "not getting what you deserve." That is a great definition, but in reality, there is more more involved than just escaping judgment and pain.
In Lamentations 3:22-23, Jeremiah writes: "It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is Thy faithfulness." Did you catch that, that Lord's mercies are new every morning. Have you ever thought about what it cost the Lord to show us mercy every morning? Jeremiah had just witnessed Jerusalem being destroyed by Babylon, and now He sits and weeps over the loss. He relects back in Chapter and reminds the reader that it was God that allowed this destruction as judgment for their wickedness. As Chapter 3 unwinds, we see how it personally affects Jeremiah to know that his own homeland is in despair.
After all that had taken place in Jerusalem; the siege, the pillaging, even the suffering, we find God showing mercy. In the fourth chapter, verse eleven, we read, "The Lord hath accomplish His fury..." You see, God knows when judgment is accomplished. Therefore, mercy only comes to you and I when God brings it. The cost of mercy is something we should all consider. Mercy is found at Calvary, but it wasn't free. Christ paid for it. Have you realized God's mercy by receiving Christ as your personal Saviour? If not, because of mercy, you have a chance to do so today.
Saved to Serve,
Pastor Darrell Roe