Mercy is one of those truths in the Bible that is hard to imagine being removed. Some have described mercy as not getting what we justly deserved.
Just the other day my son Nate got mercy. He and Andrew had been instructed to quit throwing legos at each other (because that is what an 8 and 6 year old believe they are for!) Next thing I know, 5 minutes later, Nate is crying holding his head... Andrew had busted him with a lego. I took Andrew to his room, talked with him, and gave him two spankings for disobeying and then for lying about it after the fact. After all of this, the revelation of Nate's transgression came out. Nate was guilty of throwing legos also.
While talking to Nate I began to notice the knot on his head growing. I explained to him that he had done wrong and deserved a spanking. He knew he had done wrong and was willing to get the spanking (if you know Nate, this is atypical). I gave him a hug, and told him I would not be spanking him... the knot on his head was enough punishment. He agreed and understood why lego throwing was wrong. Nate received mercy... He did not get the punishment he was due.
Psalm 136 is awesome... how can you read this chapter and not walk away understanding, "for his mercy endureth for ever." What I love about this repetitious statement is the fact that the psalmist takes us through a brief journey of Israel's history, all the while reminding us God's mercy was present through it all!
We will never reach a point in time when God's mercy will be gone. I understand that His judgement and wrath which is reserved for the tribulation and judgments will be poured out one day... but that does not negate or remove the mercy of God. even during the tribulation, thousands of Jews will turn to Christ as their Messiah and experience His mercy and grace. One of the immutable characteristics of God... His Mercy.
Today take some time to think God for His everlasting and enduring mercy in YOUR life!
Daily Scripture Reading
“O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.”