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Our readings for today give us two distinct views of God (among many others in Scripture) First, God is jealous (Nahum 1:2) and second, God is merciful (Psalm 116:5). In my life I have given God many opportunities to be jealous. The times I have put other things above God is too numerous to dwell upon. But thankfully, I can easily dwell on the fact that God is also full of mercy, compassion and grace. As with the Psalmists, let us declare the mercy of the Lord forever. I pray for you and for myself, that this day we would give God His rightful due!
He is glorious.
He is gracious.
He is loving.
He is sitting at the right hand of the Father, interceding for you and me this very moment.
He is jealous even of our own salvation. We cannot save ourselves, it is a gift that He provides to us.
C.S. Lewis wrote in his book Mere Christianity,
[Salvation] is the change from being confident about our own efforts to the state in which we despair of doing anything for ourselves and leave it to God.
I know the words “leave it to God” can be misunderstood, but they must stay for the moment. The sense in which a Christian leaves it to God is that he puts all his trust in Christ; trusts that Christ will somehow share with him the perfect human obedience which He carried out from His birth to His crucifixion: that Christ will make the man more like Himself and, in a sense, make good his deficiencies. In Christian language, He will share His “sonship” with us…”
Let us give praise to the Lord that we have been saved by grace through faith (Eph. 2:8-9).
Let us give praise to the Lord that nothing can separate us from His love (Romans 8:35-39).