The mercy of God
1 Kings 21:28-29
“Then the word of the LORD came to Elijah the Tishbite: “Have you noticed how Ahab has humbled himself before me? Because he has humbled himself, I will not bring this disaster in his day…” NIV
Much has been said about the mercy of God, that God could still love us despite all that we have done. Perhaps no other story in the Bible illustrates this better than the story of King Ahab. Ahab was undoubtedly one of the most evil kings of Israel. In 1 Kings 21:25, it was said of Ahab that “There was never a man like Ahab, who sold himself to do evil in the eyes of the LORD, urged on by Jezebel his wife. He behaved in the vilest manner by going after idols, like the Amorites the LORD drove out before Israel.” He participated in the Canaanite practice of child sacrifice and reintroduced idol worship into the land. He persecuted the prophets of God and had an innocent man killed so he could steal his land.
Ahab’s sin was so grievous to God that the Lord sent Elijah to pronounce judgment against him and his wife Jezebel. When Ahab heard the judgment that was going to come upon him, he repented – “he tore his clothes, put on sack cloth and fasted.” Amazingly, this vile and evil man touched God’s heart! Listen to what the Lord says to Elijah about Ahab: “Have you noticed how Ahab has humbled himself before me? Because he has humbled himself, I will not bring this disaster in his day…” (1 Kings 21:29).
What’s the message here? No one is ever beyond His grace and mercy! There is no record, or lifetime of sin, that the mercy of God cannot cover. Isaiah 30:18 says: “the LORD longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion.” We may have sinned grievously against God; we may have walked in disobedience to Him; we may have turned away from Him for years; yet when we repent and return to Him, He is quick to show mercy.
Are you in need of the mercy of God this morning? Turn to your Father and avail yourself of His mercy and grace. Don’t let the enemy deceive you into thinking that you are beyond the grace and mercy of God. The same God who had mercy on Ahab will show mercy to you. Go to Him for He longs to be gracious to you. He loves you. Allow the mercy and grace of God to wash away any guilt and sense of unworthiness that you may feel. Walk in His ways and live life to the fullest because the grace and mercy of God covers you each day.
“Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” ~ Hebrews 4:16