Ronnie W. Wolfe
Is the earth really full of mercy? We certainly do not see it manifested in the lives of the people who live on the earth! We do not see it in our own lives. We do not experience it when we live among the inhabitants of the earth. Certainly there is much violence and hate in the world, but where is the mercy in the earth?
The mercy is stored in God's essence, and it is manifested to us in his immanence. His immanence is his coming among us and being active in our affairs with truth, mercy, and grace.
God reveals himself to people on earth from the beginning by his creation. Notice two scriptures:
- Psalms 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.
- Psalms 97:6 The heavens declare his righteousness, and all the people see his glory.
But where is his mercy? Notice Psalms 77:8 Is his mercy clean gone for ever? doth his promise fail for evermore? Continuing to read this psalm, we find that God's mercy is in all that he is and does. Read the entire psalm.
Grace is also found in verse nine. Psalms 77:9 Hath God forgotten to be gracious? hath he in anger shut up his tender mercies? Selah. Both God's mercy and grace are manifest by his own will toward his own purpose.