Revelation 8; Nehemiah 11; Psalm 103
How great is the mercy of God? How much does He desire to restore a relationship with Him? When David sought to describe the mercy and forgiveness of God he used two beautiful pictures. “For as the heavens are high above the earth, So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.” (Psalm 103:11-12) How are are the heavens above the earth? Science would tell us that if there is an end to the heavens, the number of miles is unimaginable. Look at the moon and the stars. The moon is practically on top of us by comparison to the stars. Yet it seems small in the sky. Still not as small as stars whose distance is measured in light years. Stars bigger than our sun exist and yet they appear as mere pinpricks in the sky, if they can be seen at all because the heavens extend beyond our ability to comprehend. This is how great the mercy of God is. Our transgressions or sins keep us from God and yet He throws them as far from us as the east is from the west. Isn’t it interesting that it’s not as far as north is from the south? Did you realize that your ability to travel north is limited by the north pole, and south by the south pole? Once you get to either pole your direction changes. God’s word instead describes the direction as being as far as east is from the west. When you travel towards the east, there is never a time when you automatically start to travel west. When you travel towards the west, there is never a time when you travel towards the east. If God removes our sins from our account with Him, the only way we can reclaim them would be to turn and pursue them. Instead, the grace of God; the forgiveness of God takes those sins away and they are thrown in the sea of forgetfulness. All because God’s love for us is so great. All because God isn’t about punishing us; He’s about restoring a relationship with us. Consider the mercy and forgiveness of God with a sense of awe today and thank Him for His love and mercy.
Lord, your mercy is too great to comprehend. Your mercy comes not because I deserve it but because of Your greatness. Your forgiveness is also beyond comprehension. There is no reason You should forgive me, but You do. Remind me of Your mercy and forgiveness each day – and then remind me that I am called to show that same mercy and forgiveness to others.