God is Gracious & Merciful | Encounter God #18

Do we not trust that God is who He says He is because we’ve never experienced His fullness in the flesh?

Yes, we know God’s promises. Yes, we can think about who He is and what He does, but how much do we fall into doubt because the fullness of God can’t be contained in the flesh? So we turn to the things of this world for our security. We turn from God into worshipping our accomplishments and make idols of people who can actually see and touch.

But where does that land us? We only become more and more distance from God, stepping deeper and deeper into rebellion, just like the Israelites:

They refused to obey and did not remember the miracles you had done for them. Instead, they became stubborn and appointed a leader to take them back to their slavery in Egypt. But you are a God of forgiveness, gracious and merciful, slow to become angry, and rich in unfailing love. You did not abandon them . . .

Nehemiah 9:17 NLT

Yes, God is gracious and merciful beyond our human understanding. He corners the market on these attributes, requiring us to walk by faith in trusting He is who He says He is.

Lord, thank You for being our gracious and merciful, slow to anger and rich in unfailing love. Please forgive us when we fail to trust in Your character and turn to empty idols in pursuit of empty security. Increase our faith, Lord, that we may trust in You alone, no matter the situation we’re facing. You are who You say You are. May we embrace that promise by faith even when we cannot walk by sight.

In the Strong Name of Jesus, Amen

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