Jesus, "the Great Physician," never covers up an infected sore. He insists it be lanced, drained, cleansed, and given time to heal. Maybe you've given birth to a child out of wedlock, or had an abortion, or been in prison, or walked through a bitter divorce. Don't be discouraged. Jesus is not impressed by our virtues, He's touched with "the feeling of our infirmities" (Heb 4:15). He understands your struggle. "For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted." The writer is saying that Jesus knows what it is like...and...is wonderfully able to help us" (Hebrews 2:18). Maybe you're wondering if someone with your past problems can be blessed and used by God. Absolutely! The hymn by William Cowper puts it like this: "There is a fountain filled with blood drawn from Emmanuel's veins; and sinners plunged beneath that flood lose all their guilty stains." The rewards of repentance are awesome! Zophar replies to Job: "If thou prepare thine heart, and stretch out thine hands toward him; If iniquity be in thine hand, put it far away, and let not wickedness dwell in thy tabernacles. For then shalt thou lift up thy face without spot; yea, thou shalt be stedfast, and shalt not fear: Because thou shalt forget thy misery, and remember it as waters that pass away: And thine age shall be clearer than the noonday: thou shalt shine forth, thou shalt be as the morning. And thou shalt be secure, because there is hope; yea, thou shalt dig about thee, and thou shalt take thy rest in safety. Also thou shalt lie down, and none shall make thee afraid; yea, many shall make suit unto thee." (Job 11:13-19). Whether it's guilt over something you've done, or the pain of something that was done to you—let it go! Today, step into the river of God's grace and let it flow over you, setting you free.
And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments. (Exodus 20:6)
God promises mercy to those who keep His holy commands, yet what man could ever see this promised mercy? Only one. Only One. Only Christ. And by His love for us, we too see God's mercy. Christ's infinitely valuable obedience bought mercy for all those who would seek it. Praise our Lord and Saviour for our bountiful access to His saving mercy!
Week #35 Schedule for reading the Bible
This schedule will take the Bible student through the Bible in one year. Just click on the text to read and get started today.
Sunday: (Law) Numbers 7-9
Monday: (History) 1 Chronicles 15-19
Tuesday: (Psalms) Psalms 102-104
Wednesday: (Poetry) Proverbs 20-21
Thursday: (Prophecy) Hosea 8-14
Friday: (Gospels) John 10-12
Saturday: (Letters) 2 Timothy 1-2