Tender Mercy — YES!

I’m a why person. Always have been, ever shall be.

So when I’m reading and the word “because” comes into view, I straighten up, my brain comes to full alert, and I pick up my pen.

So here’s what I was reading this morning.

“And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for Him, to give His people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.”  Luke 1:76-79

These were the words of a father, Zechariah, for his newly born son, John, in a spine-tingling prophecy of John’s life purpose.

Can you imagine any of your friends picking up their newborn and proclaiming that baby’s huge path on this earth?

My first thought: “Crazy!” And some of Zechariah’s friends might have said that, too. But this man had been told by an angel that God had a special plan for his son and no matter how outlandish it seemed, it would happen. In fact, Zechariah doubted and suffered for it (read that story in the Bible in Luke 1:-23; 57-80).

So back to those verses — did you see the “because” I was excited about?

“And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for Him, to give His people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.”  Luke 1:76-79

So here’s how my brain works:

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And those words — “tender mercy” — are the because this why girl needed.

How expressive those two words are! What more do we need?

In this time of seeking hope in all the wrong places, it’s right in front of our faces. It’s in the tender mercy of our God. And by His tender mercy, He makes the sun rise and shine on those living in darkness. His light shines on those living in the shadow of death.  Why? To guide us to the path of peace.

To guide us to Jesus.

Jesus gives peace. For-real peace, not temporary serenity that I have to work hard for.

With Jesus, all that’s required is belief. He did the hard stuff.

Why would I turn this down? Living in the light instead of living in dark? Um, yes.

Peace instead of turmoil? Yes!

True, down-deep joy traded for despair? Yes!

Yes! By all means, yes!

Tender mercy wins, every time.

 

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