Exacting God’s Mercy
Daily Reading – Job 9-12 / Acts 19:23-41
Job 11:5-6 But oh that God would speak, and open his lips against thee; And that he would shew thee the secrets of wisdom, that they are double to that which is! Know therefore that God exacteth of thee less than thine iniquity deserveth.
GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:
I recall hearing my dad say to me on several occasions. “Well son, you should have listened to me, I told you this would happen. So you got exactly what you deserve.” Now I know you’re thinking, that was when I was a little boy. However, the truth is, I remember hearing that from him as a teen and young adult. Whenever something went sideways in my life and I was complaining about it to my dad, he would just be honest and tell me, you got what you deserve. Just another way of reiterating what the Bible says when it says; “whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”
The Bible speaks a lot of the sowing and reaping rule. In Ps. 126:5 it says; “They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.” Hosea 10:12 says; “Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy;…” In Hosea 8:7 we’re told; “For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind:…” Even later in Job it says in Job 4:8 “Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.” However, when you read Job 11:5-6 we see with God this principle is not always true. You see, God treats each of us with Mercy and Grace. He doesn’t give us what we deserve. In fact, He laid what we deserve on His Son Jesus at Calvary. Therefore this statement is still true today. “Know therefore that God exacteth of thee less than thine iniquity deserveth.”
GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:
What a blessing to know, God knows us better than we know ourselves. If He were to repay us daily according to what we deserve, we would all be in trouble. For those who reject Christ’s payment for their sin, someday they will receive the wages of their sin. Dedication should be a daily cause for rejoicing.
How great is God’s love?
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