What is Love if it’s Not Mercy?

I had a monumental goal at the beginning of the New Year—read through the whole Bible chronologically. I’ve done it before, but as winter dragged on forever, I got bogged down in the Law. That’s how I ended up being in the Psalms in April.

When I came to Psalm 136, I saw the italicized words and (oh yeah), the repeating chapter.

His love endures forever.

There it is, every verse from one to twenty six. I read it, deleting those words to see the continuity of the whole story. There is no mention of who wrote Psalm 136, but it’s all about praise from creation of earth to bringing Israel out from slavery from Egypt.

His love never quits.

That’s what the Message says. From beginning to end, he never quits. He has his eye on us from the beginning, and he will be the King of all at the end.

This week the world is upside down once again. Earthquakes in Nepal, leaving 4,400 people dead, and men died from the earthquake-avalanches on Mr. Everest. At home, violent anti-police riots in Baltimore continue as I speak. Will we never understand, this is not the way to peace?

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His mercy endures forever…

The mercy and love of God is not to be compared to what man gives. No, there’s not much mercy from our fellow mankind, and there’s more self-love than true love.

And there are those who work hard to snuff out the light in the world. Those truth words coming from God are thought ancient and irrelevant now. Truth is; mankind is out of touch with the real truth. So on and on, hard things happen and man keeps blaming the God of Creation for letting it, instead of searching for him.

It doesn’t matter what man thinks. Man is so small…but so loved!

 

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God has a plan of love and mercy, which he put into place in the ancient times, and it is being carried out. It is neither irrelevant for our times, nor hard to understand. It is the fool who says there is no God.

His mercy endures forever…

 

 

this is not where I belong

The sun disappeared before I walked today; rain is on its way. I hurried out before the drops fell, and I prayed. I have to be honest; my prayers fell to the ground before they rose. My faith is small, my hope is tiny, and reading God’s Word doesn’t seem to penetrate my soul.

 

There is no helium in the balloon of my prayers.

 

My prayer for 2015 (purpose) has fallen silent. I still don’t find answers—do you?

 

Some days I avoid news on TV and radio. In fact, I don’t even turn on the radio because I’m already depressed.

 

Aren’t we all just sick and tired of the daily events… sick of evil…sick of earths crumbling?

 

I mean I’m praying, begging God for some real peace that stays.

 

I just want to see something good…something real good.

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Days on end my only company is a dog, and it leads me down a hard path. I like to be alone, but after nearly two years of it, I’m cringing. It’s the same thing every day. I’m sick of waiting…for my new purpose. Or is it more purpose?

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We can’t be isolationists; we can’t hide from people because we want to be alone. We can’t hide from people because we are introverts, and most of all…we can’t hide from believers.

 

We need each other badly.

Evil is trying to overshadow the light.

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Life has radically changed and companionship with believers is absolutely essential.

 

How many days are left in this fallen world? Evil presents itself closer to home. Consciousness is gone from humans, replaced by the Self-God.

 

Who do we trust? Are we safe? Is there any future to look forward to? Oh yeah, we want to know when the evil loses. Yeah, we want to know when the real peace comes and we can go home.

I turned the radio on loud. The group Building 429 sang, This is Not Where I Belong.

Those words grabbed my heart this morning and I stopped in my tracks. God thrust peace in my deadened heart. It was the only way I would notice anything different.

 

Yeah, this is why we cry—we are not home yet. This is not where we belong, but it’s not time yet.

 

Change your mindset…believe and read over and over again–the promises. Be the light in this dark world. Believe and grab a friend…pray.

 

Pray like you mean it.

 

 

 

 “Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.”

 

Matthew 5:14-16 MSG