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Acknowledge God's Nature, Promises and Acts - Part 4: The Merciful God.

Rev. Charles Oppong-Poku | December 19, 2023 | Nehemiah 9:16-17, 31



They refused to listen and failed to remember the miracles you performed among them. They became stiff-necked and in their rebellion appointed a leader in order to return to their slavery. But you are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. Therefore you did not desert them, Nehemiah 9:17 (NIV)



Today’s devotional highlights the incredible mercy of God, even in the face of our failings. The word “mercy” throughout the Bible has been associated with forgiveness and forbearance. It is abundant compassion, true love and kindness. It is part of the very nature of God. The Israelites continually strayed from God, but each time, He extended mercy to them. This narrative isn't just a historical record; it reflects our own experiences. We all have instances of disobedience and moments when we veer off God's path. Yet, the recurring theme in both Scripture and our lives is God's steadfast mercy.


This lesson teaches us two things. Firstly, it serves as a reminder that, no matter how far we may drift, God's mercy is ever-presentTop of Form. His love isn’t conditional on our perfection; it’s constant, regardless of our failings. This should bring us immense comfort and hope. It signifies that we can come back to God, regardless of what we have done. Secondly, it encourages us to share that same mercy with others. Just as we receive God’s grace, we are called to be vessels of that grace in the lives of others. Luke 6:36 clarifies this by recording Jesus’ instruction, “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.” Embracing God’s mercy also means not being too hard on ourselves. Yes, we should aim to lead righteous lives; however, in moments of stumble, we must recall that God’s mercy renews each morning (Lam. 3:22-23). Therefore, let us come before God with repentant hearts, relying on His mercy, and let this confidence steer us to live in a manner that mirrors His grace and love.



Is there an area of your life where what seems like God’s inaction might be His mercy? How does understanding that God is merciful change your view of who He is and how He works in your life?



Merciful God, thank you for your boundless compassion, and your grace that sets me free from the bondage of sin. May your mercy inspire me to extend grace and kindness to others today and always. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.





DAILY word study: REFUSED TO The phrase "refused to" in Nehemiah 9:17 is translated from the Hebrew phrase "וַיְמָאֵן לָתֵת" (vay'ma'en latet). The key term here is "מָאֵן" (ma'en), which conveys the idea of rejecting or refusing.

The phrase is part of a larger context where the Israelites are recounting God's faithfulness and their disobedience throughout their history. In Nehemiah 9:17, it specifically refers to God's response to the disobedience of the Israelites in the wilderness.

Examples of Refusal in the Bible:

  1. Grumbling for Meat (Numbers 11): The Israelites, discontent with manna, craved meat. God provided quail, but as a consequence of their insistence, some faced severe consequences.

  2. Rejection of the Promised Land (Numbers 14): After the negative report from the spies, the Israelites refused to enter the Promised Land, leading to 40 years of wandering.

  3. Disobedience at Mount Sinai (Exodus 32): The Israelites, in Moses' absence, created a golden calf and worshipped it, resulting in God's refusal to accompany them to the promised land.

The phrase "refused to" serves as a cautionary reminder of the consequences of disobedience. It prompts us to examine our hearts and actions, recognizing that resistance to God's guidance can lead to spiritual drift and missed blessings.

Reflections: As we reflect on this phrase, let it inspire a renewed commitment to obedience. Embracing God's will, even when it may seem challenging, is a pathway to experiencing His faithfulness and receiving the fullness of His promises. Considering God's response when the Israelites "refused to" obey in Nehemiah 9:17, reflect on instances in your life where disobedience or resistance to God's leading led to undesired consequences. How does this highlight the importance of obedience and submission in our relationship with God?


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