By Oke Chinye
Read: 1 Samuel 3:11-18
“Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; Mercy and truth go before Your face” (Psalm 89:14).
he Almighty is a God of mercy and compassion. Several scriptures highlight this quality of God. Lamentations 3:22-23 says “Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness”. Romans 9:16 says, “so then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy. Hebrews 4:16 says “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need”. This means that you must be willing to approach and ask God for mercy to be a partaker of it.
In today’s reading, we see how God revealed to Samuel the judgement that was to befall the house of Eli. As Samuel revealed this to Eli, one would have expected him to immediately cry to God for mercy, instead he said, “it is the Lord, let him do what seems good to Him” (1 Samuel 3:18).
Hezekiah on the other hand knew the benefit of asking God for mercy. When he fell sick to the point of death, God sent the prophet Isaiah to say to him “set your house in order, for you shall die and not live” (2 Kings 20:1). But Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall and cried to God for mercy, weeping bitterly. God responded immediately by sending the prophet back: “return to Hezekiah and say, “I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears. Surely, I will heal you” (2 Kings 20:5). And God added fifteen years to his life.
God’s mercy will always prevail over judgement. “Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; Mercy and truth go before Your face” (Psalm 89:14). No matter how estranged from Him you feel today, run to the mercy seat of your Father with outstretched arms. His loving arms are already stretched to receive you. “A bruised reed He will not break, and smoking flax He will not quench” (Mathew 12:20).
IN HIS PRESENCE is written by Dcns Oke Chinye, Founder of The Rock Teaching Ministry (TRTM).
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