Tag Archives: Mercy

“I Sat Where They Sat”

Then I came to them of the captivity at Telabib, that dwelt by the river of Chebar, and I sat where they sat, and remained there astonished among them seven days. —Ezekiel 3:15

The experiences of life play a big part in shaping who we are—your upbringing… your education… your friends… your sufferings. The things you go through in life have a profound effect on you. They may harden you, or soften you / embitter you (Job), or strengthen you (Paul).

It is hard to help someone when you’ve not experienced what they are going through. If I’m having a problem, I’d want to be with someone who has already been through the same thing.

When you have gone through a certain trial, you can be “touched” when someone else is going through the same things. You’ve been there. You’ve sat where they sit.

Have you experienced God’s mercy? Then you should be merciful to others.

Has God been kind and gracious to you? Then you should be kind and gracious to others.

Has God forgiven your sins? They you should forgive others who have sinned against you.

As Jesus said, “Freely you have received. Freely give.”

We should treat the lost with compassion because we were once lost ourselves. We know what it’s like to be lost. As God told His people, “Love ye therefore the stranger: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt” (Dt. 10:19). Paul reminded the Corinthians, “And such were some of you: but ye are washed” (2 Cor. 6:11).

When facing death, I want someone who has already gone through it!   Jesus will go with me through the valley of the shadow of death (Ps. 23), because He’s already been there and back again (Heb. 2:9)! But if you are not saved, you’ll go through death alone.

TODAY, September 9

TODAY, September 9

This is the day which the LORD hath made… —Psalm 118:24

Today is a special day. What is so special about September 9?  Perhaps today is special because it is your birthday or anniversary.  September 9, 1785 is the birthday of Peter Cartwright, one of America’s greatest circuit riding preachers. [Read about him at this LINK.]  Today in 1776, Congress renamed the union the “United States of America.” Or, today, in 1850, California became the 31st state.  September 9 is also special for Sandy Koufax when in 1965 he pitched a perfect game against the Chicago Cubs.

But what if none of these events or facts seem to make your September 9 special? Then consider the following:

Today is another day you have to praise the Lord. Psalm 118:24 says, “This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”

Today God provides you a fresh batch of His mercies. Jeremiah wrote, “The Lord’s mercies…are new every morning” (Lam. 3:22-23).

Today is another opportunity to trust God to meet your needs. “Give us this day our daily bread” (Mt. 6:11).

Today God will renew your inner man. “Though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day” (2 Cor. 4:16).

Today is another day you are privileged to open and study His Word like those believers at Berea who “searched the Scriptures daily” (Acts 17:11).

Today is the day of salvation if you are unsaved. “Behold now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Cor. 6:2). Don’t put it off.

Thank God for today! With the Lord, today, and every day, is special.  Use it for His glory!

So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom” (Ps. 90:12).

Fresh Compassions

His compassions fail not: They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.” —Lamentations 3:22-23

Just as God provided a fresh batch of manna everyday for the children of Israel in the wilderness, so God gives us a fresh supply of compassion each morning. Like the manna in the wilderness, we must gather a fresh batch of God’s compassion every day. God’s compassions become “stale” when we fail to think on them with each new day. As we arise each morning we must think anew about His mercies. As Jeremiah said, This I RECALL to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.”  Recalling God’s compassions and mercies leads to renewed hope for our day.

When we fail to recount God’s mercies afresh everyday, we become spiritually insensitive and despondent.  God’s compassions are new because He never becomes accustomed to our need. His eye of love never becomes blind to our needs. We may see a thing so often that eventually we never notice it.  God always sees a thing as if He were seeing it for the first time.

Hagar was forced to flee from Sarah into the wilderness. Alone with her new born son, God spoke to her in the wilderness and sustained her. There Hagar “called the name of the LORD that spake unto her, Thou God SEEST me(Gen 16:13). The God that saw Hagar’s plight, it the same God that seest your need.

His compassions fail not.” However, our reckoning upon God’s compassions often does fail. God’s compassions must never become so commonplace or as familiar like a building you pass by every day, so you fail to notice them.  Ask the Lord for a daily refreshing of discerning eyes, that you might always have a newly-awakened appreciation of His mercies and compassion.