“Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.” – Psalm 106:1
God’s mercy endures forever. Just think about that for one moment. How many times have you heard the phrase, “God’s not fair” or perhaps, “God’s not good”? Can you imagine just how wrong those statements are? God’s mercy endures forever and ever and ever!!!
Man can’t even comprehend the vastness of His great mercy! His mercy goes on and on and on forever in both directions! There is no end! There is no end!!! You can’t escape it! You can’t find one place on earth, one place in the whole universe that His mercy is not saturating.
Who are we then to question God’s goodness? Who are we to question if God is fair? Actually, God isn’t fair – if He was then we’d all be dead. He is merciful to us every day. If we can’t comprehend His love (Ephesians 3:19) or His everlasting mercy then why would we fully understand all the things that happen on the earth? We blame God for the bad because our mind can’t comprehend the truth. The fact is, He IS merciful and an event that takes place on earth will never change that fact.
Still don’t believe in God’s mercy? Let’s look at a few things in the word that give us a glimpse into this vast ocean. In Leviticus 26 we read about what will happen if we obey God and what will happen if we disobey God. What’s interesting are the stages God sets forth.
For instance, it says that if we walk in His statutes and commandments then He will pour out blessing after blessing after blessing. But what happens if we disobey? Stage one, God will allow disease, terror, and defeat to overtake you. Then He gives you a chance to repent. Still don’t obey? Stage two, He will withhold rain, and will cause barrenness. Then He gives you a chance to repent. Do you see? This goes on for five stages! Each time He adds a little more disaster and then gives you a chance to repent.
What great mercy! After just one act of obedience He pours out the full blessing of heaven but if you disobey He gives you five chances to repent before pouring out total disaster on your life. His mercy is amazing!
Daniel understood this great mercy as we see in Daniel chapter 9. This is where Daniel is praying for God to restore Israel after seventy years of captivity (which was stage five in Leviticus 26). After years of disobeying God and walking against His will – Daniel understood that God still desired mercy and restoration.
Verse 18 really sticks out to me, “O my God, incline Your ear and hear; open Your eyes and see our desolations, and the city which is called by Your name; for we do not present our supplications before You because of our righteous deeds, but because of Your great mercies.” Daniel understood that the mercy of God was their only hope of restoration. He understood that even after total disobedience, God was ready to forgive and restore.
There are examples after examples in the bible of God’s enduring, everlasting, unending mercy. When we read and realize just how great His mercy is, we also realize just how stupid and foolish our claim is that God isn’t fair or God isn’t good.