“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” Hebrews 13:8
This is one of my favorite Bible verses. When fear tries to grab hold, worry and strife abound, I remember God’s mercy. I see His mercy in other’s life, both believers and unbelievers. Truth be known, it’s probably easier to see His mercy in the unbelievers life. I saw a photo the other day of a beautiful cloud that looked just like an angel looking down. There were many comments. Christians were amazed and saw the beauty of the cloud. Others were downright hateful and condescending. While I’m sure others just blew right past not giving it a second thought. When we see the Lord’s considerable longsuffering for the lost, we see His mercy. When we see God’s grace being trampled on by wicked words and evil actions, we see His longsuffering. It would be easy to become self righteous when reading those comments….until I remember I used to be one of those that would breeze right by the Christian quotes also. I also was part of the Lord’s longsuffering. That is why it is so easy for Christian’s to see His grace. We realize our shortcomings and rely on the Lord’s righteousness and not our own.
We have heard so much lately on prophecy being fulfilled. Bloodmoons, harbingers, dreams and visions being reported around the world. When I was one of the those who professed to be a Christian, yet did not know Jesus this was my go to scripture in response to prophecy: “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only. ” Matthew 24:36. I would remember that scripture and move on about my business. I did not heed the warnings. The devil had my eyes veiled because I did not know the Lord. I had never read His Word. I had never read Revelations 22:18 “ For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book;”. I did not know Acts 2:19 “I will show wonders in heaven above and signs in the earth beneath: Blood and fire and vapor of smoke.” My salvation was up to me.
It is only through the Gospel of Jesus Christ that our eyes are unveiled. Once our eyes are unveiled there is an awakening in our spirit. The Holy Spirit bears witness to our spirit that we are a child of God (Romans 8:16). This cannot be explained and is available to anyone who chooses to receive Jesus as their Saviour; this is up to each individual.
Knowing God’s grace and knowing He is the same God today as He was yesterday, we must also realize God’s judgment. His warnings are in fact merciful as well. The Lord gives sinners extraordinary time to repent. We have all seen good people taken away too early and wicked seem to live forever and can’t understand why. God’s mercy. May not seem fair unless it is your loved one who is the wicked one. We’re all God’s loved ones. He wants us all to return to Him. But not all of us do/will return to Him. When His mercy is refused, His wrath falls. Understanding His mercy also causes us to understand His judgment by default. The Bible is full of scripture on judgment of people and nations who have turned away from God. We pray for God’s protection over our families and our country. We long for God’s wrath to fall upon our enemy until we realize we as a whole have invited the enemy inside; then we pray for His continued mercy.
“And the Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means clearing the guilty…” Exodus 34:6-7. How long can we as a nation expect God’s judgment not to fall upon us when we continue to reject His mercy? The warnings sound and we do one of two things; we become paralyzed in fear, which we know God did not give us a spirit of fear, or we continue our faith in the Lord. It is only through our faith that the Lord can respond to our prayers. We pray in faith for the Lord to send His laborers to His harvest. We pray in faith for our leaders to have eyes to see and ears to hear the sounding of the alarms and to turn to God instead of their own might. We have faith, we pray and we expect to see the Hand of God in miracles, signs and wonders. We stand firm on our faith and we do not fear. Yes, He is the same today as yesterday. Yes, He will bring judgment on the wicked. But He will never forsake the righteous of God. The shaking to come will either build our faith or cause us to lose our faith and their will be a remnant. It all depends on where our focus remains. The enemy tries to distract us, but we stay focused on the one true God, the sovereign God. We keep our faith. – Donna Warren