It Belongs To Him

To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgiveness, though we have rebelled against him; Neither have we obeyed the voice of the LORD our God, to walk in his laws, which he set before us by his servants the prophets.

Daniel 9:9-10

We obviously know that everything that exists belongs to the Lord in the broadest sense.  But these verses bring home an important fact: the Lord’s mercy and forgiveness that we sometimes take for granted “belongs to” Him.  He owns and controls the mercy and forgiveness in our lives.  Sometimes we get a little prideful and start to mistakenly believe that we don’t need much forgiveness and mercy.  We might start to look down our “holy” noses at others who need “more” forgiveness and mercy than we do.  And we can begin to forget just how much of God’s mercy and forgiveness that we experienced in our lives, which can cause us to become unthankful.

The second half of verse 9 and verse 10 should help us to understand just what we are.    According to verse 9 (and according to our own experiences), we “have rebelled against him…”  Every one of us has rebelled against our Creator, the very God of Heaven.  Verse 10 goes on to tell us that we have not obeyed Him and we have not followed His laws.  Again, the Bible tells us that “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”  (I John 1:8)  The book of Romans tells us that “…all have sinned…”  Every one of us has rebelled against God.  Every one of us has sinned against a holy God.  And every one us desperately needs that mercy and forgiveness that “belongs to Him”

Fortunately, He has made His abundant mercy and forgiveness available to anyone who will come to Him.  Today (and every day), let us remember that it is He, not us, Who owns mercy and forgiveness.  And that it is us, not Him, who is in desperate need of them.  Let us be always thankful for His mercy.

2 responses to this post.

  1. Thanks Ben! Thinking of those times that I might not think that I need as much mercy and forgiveness as someone else. eeekkk. God bless you for the reminders that He sends us through you. 🙂


    • It’s easy to get that way. Whenever we start comparing ourselves to each other, we can always find someone “worse” than we are. But that’s not how we’re supposed to look at things.


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