“We began a contest for liberty ill provided with the means for the war, relying on our patriotism to supply the deficiency. We expected to encounter many wants and distressed… we must bear the present evils and fortitude…”
George Washington, 1781
“Patriotism is as much a virtue as justice, and is as necessary for the support of societies as natural affection is for the support of families.”
Benjamin Rush, 1773
Do we really grasp the scope of God’s Mercy upon us and what that really means? If we did, I hardly think we’d be able to complain with such consistency. To be given tomorrow’s breath is, itself a gift more then at least I deserve. So I must ask myself today: what am I going to do with that breath? Can I make it matter and count for something or will tomorrow’s breaths be wasted again like today’s?
What IS Mercy? I know what mercy use to mean when my older brother would grab my hands, twist them back until I’d scream “mercy!” – it was my plea for him to stop hurting me! But I don’t quite equate that mercy to the same mercy God has granted me. There is a similarity, however; mercy is my understanding that God has the absolute power to destroy me and nothing I say or do can persuade Him either way. God will or He will not. Period. My brother had that same power over me. But where my brother had no right (or usually) no good reason to harm me since he did so for his own pleasure and delight at torturing an annoying little brother out of boredom… God, on the other hand, has every right and provocation to destroy me. I should be destroyed. I’m not worth saving and I merit no compassion from Him what so ever. God has me pinned back and my neck is laid bare ready for the slaughter and God for reasons known only to Him relents. He DOES show compassion. He DOES initiate His Mercy. And I am spared… I am spared for one reason and one only: His purpose. I believe I am spared because He senses within me that I may be capable of coming to a full understanding of His full nature. He senses that I might possibly discover the full depth of His power and the meaning of His Grace. He shows me mercy because He senses somewhere deep within me I have the ability to come to the place where I might finally understand to some degree what His Love holds for me. And if that is true, then God knows that I will at that moment yield to His power and love willingly and finally be able to Love Him back. That’s what God wants. And that, I believe, could be worth His Mercy in His eyes.
Peace, Sean Gutteridge
Today’s Scripture: Romans 8:18
18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.