Inspirational Thought of the Day:
Costly mercy should never be casually accepted.
“God publicly displayed him at his death as the mercy seat accessible through faith. This was to demonstrate his righteousness, because God in his forbearance had passed over the sins previously committed.”
“And after the second curtain there was a tent called the holy of holies. 4 It contained the golden altar of incense and the ark of the covenant covered entirely with gold. In this ark were the golden urn containing the manna, Aaron’s rod that budded, and the stone tablets of the covenant. 5 And above the ark were the cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy seat. Now is not the time to speak of these things in detail.”
“Or do you have contempt for the wealth of his kindness, forbearance, and patience, and yet do not know that God’s kindness leads you to repentance?”
Some of us need a big dose of God’s mercy on Monday mornings. That and a large cup of Joe. In the hamster wheel of life, we are all running about, aiming to achieve whatever objective that day holds.
Yet in the day-in and day-out of our busy lives, we receive mercy upon mercy and do not perceive it.
This lavish mercy, covering our every sin, was planned from the beginning and cost our Savior’s life. Mercy for past sins, mercy for present and future ones, too. Mercy to live a different way.
The mercy seat was the lid on top of the ark where the very presence of God would sit and give mercy when the blood of atonement was sprinkled there.
This is so graphic for our delicate ears to hear, for we are far removed from the fact that our sin brought death. Blood. Shed on our behalf. Not so we would continue in sin, but that we would marvel at such forgiveness and in response die to our sin at such a great sacrifices given on our behalf.
Now this mercy seat is represented by Jesus, Who covers our sins and passes over them by His own righteous blood. Even more amazing to consider, this mercy seat is available to us at all times.
We do not have to be priests, entering with trepidation and bells attached to the hem of our robe in case we should die in the presence of a Holy God. No, we, normal, sinful beings can enter the presence of the living God and find mercy.
May this truth help us to be amazed at You, oh God, on our ordinary days when we look only to this life for meaning. Arrest our hearts with Your Faithful Love and help us to live our Mondays in awe of our merciful God!