Monday, March 8, 2021
“God’s Great Mercy”
By Robert Hutchinson
Passage: Isaiah 42:16-21; 24-25
This passage tells us about God’s mercy considering Israel’s unfaithfulness. It brings the theology of redemption to our attention. There is a quip that says, “God has no grandchildren.” A person can’t become a Christian just because he was raised in a Christian home. We must experience redemption and intentionally choose it for ourselves.
This was a period in Israel’s history where they had not called on God in prayer or brought sacrifices or tithes to honor God in worship. It is like they forgot that all they had comes from God. They must have thought they did it all by themselves.
God is not like humankind. God does not think like humans. God surprises us when everything seems hopeless, God does a new thing. Verse 18 and 19 say, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?” We often get tied up in the things of the past, God does not. God forgets our past. Instead of hanging the Israelites up over their sins, God shows great mercy and forgiveness by grace. It is God’s character to forgive transgressions or even forget sin which is contrary to human nature.
Think about your attitude when you come into worship. Are you expecting to experience God or is it just the same old thing? It is something that you are supposed to do or something you want to do. Are you open to ideas that may be outside the box of thinking through preaching and Bible Study? The passage tells us to expect a new thing from God. Then it asks, “Do you see this new thing?” The only way we can see this new thing, is to be tuned into God’s Spirit.
Lent is a time of reflection. A time to see how God is lived out in your life. Are you stuck in the past or is God in his mercy showing you a new thing?
Prayer: Almighty God, thank you for your great mercy. Please show me a new thing as I listen for your way in my life. Amen