"The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; the Lord has done this , and it is marvelous in our eyes." (Mark 12:10-11)
I've had this thought running through my head today. Do we get it?
Do we get how great God's mercy is?
We talk about it, sing about it, teach about it: God's mercy that He has freely given us. We just celebrated it last Sunday on Easter. We contemplated His sacrifice. We rejoiced in His resurrection. We proclaimed that He is Lord! But do we get it?
Where we would be without His unconditional love? Does that thought make you shudder?
On the flip-side, does your belief in His mercy make you thankful, hopeful, loving, at peace, joyful, and unafraid? Do we see how blessed we are? How secure, free, and alive? Do we feel it, or is it just a nice idea? Do we believe? Do we live it? Do we say with confidence, 'If God is for us, who can be against us?' Do we recognize that as a rhetorical question, or do we secretly have answers? The economy, the government, gas prices, the boss, family, adversity, difficulty, losses, enemy #1, #2, and #3--or perhaps the worst enemy of all--ourselves.
God is so many things. He is powerful; the almighty creator and sustainer of life. He is living, spirit, truth, justice, and righteousness. But above all, He is mercy. He is love. He is our Father and we are His children: His dearly loved children. In spite of our sin, shortcomings, weakness, shortsightedness, stupidity, selfishness, and unbelief.
He is mercy, and we are forgiven. We are blessed. We are secure in His love.
Do we get it?
If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all--how will he not also graciously give us all things? (Romans 8:31-32)