God’s mercy triumphs over His own manifest judgment.
God’s mercy trumps His own will.
We sing of His mercy,
We talk about it. We memorize music, words about mercy falling over us. The phrase “Mercy triumphs over judgment” glosses over our lips, well worn, well read about.
But the impact of that truth is something to chew on, think on, revel in!
Because it is one of the foundational characteristics of God.
The one and only God!
This is one of those truths that separates the men from the boys so to speak. No other god can ever live up to Mercy. True mercy can only manifest in the one true living God.
Think about it a bit.
God sets out to judge His people and rightly so. He desires our hearts and when we continue to defame Him, slander His very existence, He has every right to destroy the evil.
But God’s love for us can not be fully comprehended. It indeed is very hard to “grasp how wide and long and high and deep it is” as Paul writes in Ephesians.
But this we know.
Because scripture tells us over and over again that…
God listens to His people.
He hears our cries for mercy.
He loves us more than we can usually imagine.
His mercy triumphs over His judgments.
Take the story of Lot and Sodom and Gomorrah.
In Genesis 19, two angels arrive in Sodom in the evening. Lot, who was sitting in the gateway of the city, sees them and insists that they stay the night at his place.
As we read on, when men of the city came to sodomize the guests, Lot protected them. The men staying with Lot saw what was happening. They struck the men of the city with blindness so they couldn’t find Lot’s door in order to break it down.
Lot’s guests then tell Lot that they are about to destroy the city, that the Lord has sent them to carry out His judgment against the city of Sodom.
Angels sent from the Lord to carry out His manifest judgment upon the city of Sodom.
When dawn came, the angels urged Lot to hurry and get out with his daughters and his wife.
And here is God’s mercy being acted out.
Verse 16 says this: “When Lot hesitated, the men grasped his hand and the hands of his wife and of his two daughters and led them safely out of the city, for the Lord was merciful to them.”
God’s own mercy triumphed over his own judgment.
He still fulfills His judgments but in the midst of them, He releases His mercy.
What must I do with this revelation?
This ‘ah ha’ moment?
This truth that indeed He manifests His judgments, but in His mercy, He saves us over and over again?
I am indeed undone.
No words coming from my finite brain can express what I am feeling right now.
So all I know to do is…
Worship Him with awe…
Holy, holy, holy.
Lord God Almighty.
Early in the morning
Our song shall rise to Thee.
Only Thou art Holy
Merciful and Mighty.
God in Three Persons
That’s all I can do.
These are old truths that I have known but today they seem to have settled in with a dose of ‘Ah, ha’!
Your own hand of mercy trumps Your own hand of judgment.
That is worth a shout!
(How many times has God grabbed your hand and pulled you away from ‘Sodom’? Even when you have hesitated?)