|| m e r c y || Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about how the Old Testament seems to paint a God of anger and wrath. This wrath was something I battled with for a long time. How could the creator of the universe truly extend limitless grace and mercy towards a sinner like me, if in one swift movement of His hand, He could wipe out entire nations because of their sins? I struggle daily with sin, so why was I not worthy of that wrath? I see now that that total fear of God allowed me from experiencing the true love God had intended for me… So wrath, what do we do when fear is holding us back from experiencing God’s love, mercy, and grace?
I now look at the Old Testament and see the beauty of the promise of Jesus Christ. Through Jesus, we no longer have to fear God in a terrified way, we get to fear Him in an awe type of way. Knowing that we deserve that wrathful punishment, but instead, get to experience His love through His son, is the ultimate show of His mercy! We aren’t in any way worthy, but Jesus made sure we were welcomed by being the ultimate sacrifice for our messes. If anything, the Old Testament is a compass that points directly to His love extended to us through Jesus. He saw His people were failing miserably so He chose to send His son instead of His wrath. That just shows how much His love for us is! Jesus came to save us from God’s wrath and ultimately death.
The Old Testament also points out just how faithful God is. Even though people continued to mess up and turn from Him, He remained faithful through His promise of sending a Saviour. He makes it clear that we aren’t perfect, but He still is willing to extend His mercies daily. He no longer sees us by our sins, He sees us as clean and forgiven through Jesus Christ. As we read about the wrath of God and knowing we no longer have to experience it, we can really truly appreciate the ultimate gift and sacrifice of Jesus Christ.