8.17.2012

God Loves to Show Mercy

Now think about it for a moment. Don't run your eyes over the promises of God like the wrong pages in a phone book. God Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, said, "I will not turn away from doing good to them....I rejoice in doing them good...with all my heart and with all my soul." Let all three promises sink in.

God will not turn away from doing you good. He will keep on doing good. He doesn't do good to his children sometimes and bad to them other times. He keeps on doing good and he never will stop doing good for ten thousand ages of ages. When things are going "bad" that does not mean God has stopped doing good. It means he is shifting things around to get them in place for more good: "he works all things together for good for those who love him" (Romans 8:28).

"I will rejoice in doing them good."

He does not bless us begrudgingly. There is a kind of eagerness about the beneficence of God. He does not wait for us to come to him. He seeks us out, because it is his pleasure to do us good. "The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show his might in behalf of those whose heart is whole toward him" (2 Chronicles 16:9). God is not waiting for us, he is pursuing us.

God loves to show mercy. Let me say it again. God loves to show mercy. He is not hesitant or indecisive or tentative in his desires to do good to his people. -John Piper