God's mercy is from everlasting to everlasting
Almost daily our lives are changing under all the Covid mutations. One minute we are completely free of masks and the next we have to wear them even outside. One minute we can travel hither and thither and the next we are blocked from travelling to other states let alone other countries.
In all this changing world, one feature has never changed — God, and who He is. Have a look at this section of the Bible that I was looking at this morning:
4 But God’s mercy is great, and he loved us very much. 5 Though we were spiritually dead because of the things we did against God, he gave us new life with Christ. You have been saved by God’s grace. 6 And he raised us up with Christ and gave us a seat with him in the heavens. Eph. 2:4–7 (NCV).
I want to focus on the statement that “God’s mercy IS great”. In this context it means that God’s mercy is omnitemporal — it is timeless. It always was there and it always will be. God is not becoming merciful – He has always been merciful.
God showed His heart when Christ appeared. Jesus echoed the timelessness of God’s attributes when he stated, “I am the light of the world”, “I am the bread of life”, “I am the resurrection and the life,” “I am the way, the truth and the life.” God and His attributes have always been and always will be.
The very name by which God has made Himself known, Yahweh, means ‘He who always was and always will be”.
God’s defining attribute of mercy has existed for all eternity. It is the only attribute that God says He is rich in. It is God’s essential attribute and for Him to act like God is to pour out mercy. This is God’s deepest heart and it doesn’t discount Him being just and holy and wrathful towards sin and the ungodly.
God hasn’t met you half way. He waits for you to decisively come to Him, after you squander His mercy again and again, after you’ve been abandoned, rejected or betrayed, and He pours out more mercy because that is who He is. His mercy is unrestrained, uninhibited, unrestricted and wild.
On that day when you are ushered before God you will be shocked at the limited view you’ve had of His mercy-rich heart. We are going to weep tears of relief.