The Heart of God

God loves

Jeremiah 5/Gen 18 Have you ever felt your heart so sad that you thought it would break? That is why, like Jeremiah, we begin to wonder, is there any good news? Is it all bad news? And there right front and center in chapter five, we see the heart of God. 

God tells Jeremiah, “See if you can find a single person who deals honestly and tries to be truthful. If you can, then I will not punish this city.” [Jer 5:1] Flashback: Return to Gen 18, where we encounter Abraham and the Lord God as they converse about Sodom and Gomorrah. In His mercy, God had quietly shared with Abraham: “I must go down and see if they are as wicked as the outcry suggests. If NOT, I want to know.” [Gen 18:1]

Even though God is omniscient, He still “wants to know.” And that is because God is a personal God, not an arbitrary idol god. One of the marvelous things we can count on is that God always thoroughly investigates a situation before passing judgment. He cannot nor will He arbitrarily destroy because He is a fair and judge. As He did with Sodom, He does with us.

We can count on the fact that the God we serve is “compassionate, gracious, slow to anger, abounding in lovingkindness and truth.” It is because His “lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail.” [Lam 3:22] 

Do we have these same character qualities? Do we judge before we have evidence? God’s heart is clear: He is fair and just and He expects us to be the same.


God’s Mercy

ben-white-the mercy of god.2ajpgExodus 11 to 13  As we have watched, there were two camps of people in Egypt; those who believed and obeyed as in the hail plague. God’s mercy was showered upon those who obeyed because they took their animals and families in and were spared.

God’s mercy overshadowed all that we have seen and now see in the 10th plague. Pharaoh’s heart remained hard but the Egyptians hearts were softened because of God’s doing. Pharaoh had no respect for Moses yet Pharaoh’s servants had respect.

God desired that Pharaoh and the Egyptians soften their hearts and turn to Him because He does not delight in the death of the wicked. Instead, He is long-suffering giving them many opportunities to turn to Him and not perish. [Ez 18:23 & Ezek 33:8; 2Peter 3 ] God offers the way to salvation but if men continually reject His mercy His plan will be executed. [Is 55:8]

God’s mercy led the Israelites out from the hardened Pharaoh and away from the land of the warring Philistines. He covered them with a cloud from the searing heat of the sun by day and the pillar of fire by night to keep them warm.

Truly God demonstrates His mercy to all yet each man is responsible for his attitude and response.

Where are you?