Manifold Mercy

Yea, when they had made them a molten calf, and said, This is thy God that brought thee up out of Egypt, and had wrought great provocations; Yet thou in thy manifold mercies forsookest them not in the wilderness: the pillar of the cloud departed not from them by day, to lead them in the way; neither the pillar of fire by night, to shew them light, and the way wherein they should go.  Thou gavest also thy good spirit to instruct them, and withheldest not thy manna from their mouth, and gavest them water for their thirst.

Nehemiah 9:18-20

I know I just wrote about the Lord’s mercy yesterday, but it is a subject that I enjoy writing about.  It’s one of those subjects that I don’t know if you could ever write enough about.  You could write about the Lord’s mercy every day for your entire life and never even begin to scratch the surface.  I digress.

When God wrought miracle after miracle to bring the Israelites out of Egypt, they almost immediately made a golden calf to worship.  They even went so far as to say “This is thy God that brought thee up out of Egypt.”  We like to talk about terrible that was, but the truth is that we are no better.

“Yet thou in thy manifold mercies forsookest them not in the wilderness.”  Not only did He not forsake them, He guided them with the pillar of the cloud and the pillar of fire.  He give them His Spirit to guide them and He took care of their physical needs with manna and water.  These truly do represent “manifold mercies.”

Another thing that represents “manifold mercies” is my life.  And I’m sure that, no matter who you are, if you know the Lord, you can say the same.  He is merciful.

4 responses to this post.

  1. Ben, His mercies are indeed so great that you could write about them every day. He is merciful because He loves us so. This reminded me of the hymn “The Love of God” the chorus of which is:

    Could we with ink the ocean fill,
    And were the skies of parchment made,
    Were every stalk on earth a quill,
    And every man a scribe by trade,
    To write the love of God above,
    Would drain the ocean dry.
    Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
    Though stretched from sky to sky.

    Thank you for again writing about His mercy. I could read about it from now until eternity. Peace, Linda


  2. Linda, that was beautiful! 🙂 And Ben, you just go ahead and talk about it everyday that you want to, okay? 🙂 Whenever I have a close call in the car, I am so thankful for His mercy and wonder how many times He saves me from things that I don’t even know about. God bless you and your writing for Him! deb


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