Have you ever inherited a bad situation that you didn’t create, but now you have to fix it? It’s frustrating when the “buck stops here” and the odds are stacked against you. I can think of many times in the Bible when God’s people were up against impossible odds created by famine, war, governments, enemies, or even their own family. They inherited a mess and others were looking at them to fix the problem.
In order for me to find a good solution I have to see an expected end and work backwards. I think of how I want the story to end and then I find stepping stones that will get us there. Sometimes it looks like a long journey, but I keep my eye on the finish line. However, I find myself in a dilemma when I can’t see a good ending. Every path seems blocked and the outcome doesn’t look promising in any direction. That is when you have to hope in mercy. Mercy means, “you don’t get what you do deserve.” Mercy is when someone is pardoned. The King, President or Governor uses their authority to show mercy. God does the same thing for His people.
The Lord takes great pleasure in those who can trust Him against all odds. The only outcome in some circumstances is for God to extend mercy. Don’t forget, mercy is never far from us who follow the Lord. Surely, goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life. Psalm 23:6
The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear Him,
In those who hope in His mercy.