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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Why Mercy's Refuge?

Why the name Mercy's Refuge? I knew in a moment the name was right. God had been whispering to my heart about the hope of provision, of refuge, of mercy in this life. Mercy matters, all people need mercy. And God himself is that refuge of mercy for all mankind.

Your unfailing love, O Lord, is as vast as the heavens;
your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds.
Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains,
your justice like the ocean depths.
You care for people and animals alike, O Lord.
How precious is your unfailing love, O God!
All humanity finds shelter
in the shadow of your wings.
You feed them from the abundance of your own house,
letting them drink from your river of delights.
For you are the fountain of life,
the light by which we see. Psalm 36:5:9

Sometimes we ask why God. Why is there suffering, hardship, judgement, cruelty, and want. His response is always a refuge of mercy in those hard places, it's an offer of himself. Throughout the Bible God clearly shows his provision of refuges. When he destroyed the earth with a flood he didn't remove Noah, he mercifully protected him in the storm, in the refuge of a boat. He didn't remove Rahab from danger, he protected her in it. As the walls of Jericho fell she was hidden in a refuge of God's mercy. Jonah deserved judgement for disobedience but God protected him, essentially in a watery grave, a merciful refuge. As the angel of death passed over the children of Israel, they hid in their homes under lambs blood, a refuge of mercy. In the newly formed nation of Israel God give instruction to provide cities of refuge, a mercy for people in trouble. Ultimately, Jesus' tomb was a refuge of mercy, protecting us all if we will come, offering us mercy in exchange for judgement.

When life is hard, unjust, and wearisome, God offers us himself as a shelter. He is mercy. Most exciting to me is that he offers those of us who follow him a role in his mercy, compassion, and love. I've lived long in the refuge of God's kindness, and gratitude must grow feet. I'm looking for a birds eye view to see the mercy of God spread out over mankind, and in any little way I can spur it on.

The children and adults of Dom Veternik who have lived long lives of struggle, of love without enough hands to go around, are good candidates for mercy. Mercy matters, I'm coming to believe it matters most of all.

The name Mercy's Refuge is a way to express, that in this life of hardship, we trust there is always a place of refuge for every soul.

1 comment:

  1. LOVE this Beck! I was just reading the beatitudes in the amplified bible and it struck me how the word "blessed" means something like, take joy and being enviable because of our salvation and the grace God has given us, not because of our earthly possessions. That is my paraphrase. ;) Life is hard, but those of us who have received mercy from God, who trust his grace, who hide in the shelter of his wings, we are truly blessed. For God to be our refuge and to tell others about it is the truest blessing there is!!


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