Monday: Did you ever watch Full House back in the day? The show with Danny Tanner and his 3 girls, his friend, Joey, Rebecca, Kimmie Gibbler, and Uncle Jesse was popular and folks quoted characters quite often. Uncle Jesse, the cool cat that he was, was famous for saying “Have Mercyyyyy!” Mercy. You know, we don’t always understand mercy until it’s offered to us or until we desperately need it. From a teacher offering mercy while accepting late class work or in adjusting grades to court systems offering mercy to someone in hopes that they have learned their lesson. Mercy-compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one’s power to punish or harm; Or, in Uncle Jesses case- used in expressions of surprise or fear. God, have mercy! Please help us understand this mercy and share it with those in need. As we anticipate and hope for mercy, may we also give richly. In Jesus name, amen.
Tuesday: This past Sunday we ended our lesson in looking at the mercy of God through election and we said we would check out two examples. Sunday we saw the example of Moses asking for mercy toward his people who were being impatient waiting for him to return down the mountain and made a false god in a golden calf they created. Moses begged God to be merciful on them. This Sunday we keep going in Romans 9 picking up in verse 17 and see mercy through the life of a non-believer…Pharaoh. It’s amazing how God uses all kinds of people to teach us lessons. Pray today for God to use you in showing mercy to someone who is needing this gift. Lord, help me show mercy. Help me help those in my community in need. May I be the good. In Jesus, amen.
Wednesday: On Sunday we will spend time looking at a topic that can be misunderstood: God hardening peoples heart. This doesn’t sound right, does it? Verse 18 said, “He has mercy on whom He wants to have mercy and He hardens whom He wants to harden.” Wait, what? It doesn’t seem God-like or loving or even fair for God to harden some people just to accomplish His own purposes. It’s important to recognize that God is never said to harden anybody who did not first harden themself. He simply honors their choices. Father, my heart is open to You and Your leading. I am all Yours. In Jesus name, amen.
Thursday: British Bible Scholar and New Testament historian, F.F. Bruce, said, “If God does not reveal the principle on which He makes His choice, that is no reason why His justice should be called into question. He is merciful and compassionate because such is His will.” God isn’t obliged to tell us everything that goes on in His mind. God has good reason for all items He chooses and does and someday we may or may not understand it. God, thank You for being God. I am sorry for when I doubt or question. Help me accept Your will and way. Use me in my community to shine Your light. In Jesus name, amen.
Friday: Check out Romans 9:19-29 (we have already looked at verses 17 & 18 this week). In this section we see Paul bring up and answer another important question: Is it fair to hold us responsible? While we will wait and dig into this question deeper on Sunday, please know that God is sovereign. Paul compares God as the potter and us as the clay. Have you ever seen this done? The potter can beat the fool out of that clay sometimes when it just isn’t working right. But the potter never gives up! He works and shapes until it is just as needed. God, thank You for molding me just right. In Jesus, amen.
Saturday:What is your response to the question: Who is God? This is an extremely important question to be answered! Oh that our response would be “He is my everything. My life. My breath. My desire. My all.” The community around you needs to see this in how You live. Lord, You are God and I am not. You made me, and I am Yours. Do with me as You please. In Jesus, amen.