Nevertheless for thy great mercies’ sake thou didst not utterly consume them, nor forsake them; for thou art a gracious and merciful God.
OK, I promise that this will be the last day I write about God’s mercy for a while. Probably. Maybe. Just kidding- I had my fingers crossed. I know I have written about the great mercy of the Lord for the last two days, but this verse jumped out at me and took ahold of me.
The Israelites, as usual, were rebelling against the Lord. The Lord had sent prophets and preachers to try to turn their hearts back to Himself. But they didn’t listen. Still they rebelled. Finally, verse 30 tells us that He had to give them “into the hand of the people of the lands.” They had, for generations, rejected Him.
Still, He is a “gracious and merciful God.” The Bible tells us that it was for His “great mercies’ sake” that He did “not utterly consume them” and He did not forsake them. I think that there are a few parallels in this story between the Israelites and us, as Christians.
Did the Israelites deserve to be utterly consumed? Yes. Did we (and do we) deserve to be utterly consumed? Yes. Did they deserve for God to forsake them? Yes. Did we deserve for God to forsake us? Yes. Was God merciful and longsuffering to them? Yes. Has God been merciful and longsuffering to us? Yes. Yes. Yes.
I am so thankful to serve a gracious and merciful God. I hope and pray that I never get over that fact.