God Of Mercy; God Of Grace

“Then Noah built an altar to the Lord, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. And the Lord smelled a soothing aroma. Then the Lord said in His heart, “I will never again curse the ground for man’s sake, although the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; nor will I again destroy every living thing as I have done”. Genesis 8:20-21

Noah was a just man and blameless before the Lord. God saved him and his family from the wrath of God when sin was rampant on the earth. And when the rain from heaven stopped and the earth dried back up, as instructed by God Noah got off the ark. I can imagine how grateful Noah must’ve been. Amazed but I also imagine the reverential fear that fell over him.

Noah built an altar to the Lord and showed God he was thankful by offering burnt offerings to the Lord. The Lord smelled the soothing aroma. He was pleased with the burnt offering Noah offered up and said in His heart He’d never again curse the ground because of man. He later made a covenant with Noah giving us the rainbow as a symbol to remind Him of His covenant with man.

As I reflected on this passage this morning I was thankful that God is not man that He should lie. He doesn’t change His Word. That He is SO slow to anger and so patient with mankind despite the fact that many shake their fists at Him and curse Him daily. Despite that this nation won’t repent. We are living in the days of Noah again yet God will not flood the earth again. I am so thankful that God’s wrath has not been poured out on this nation or the nations around the world. No. Praise GOD for His mercy!

I’m thankful that He is patient with ME! I’m so undeserving of His grace and mercy but I’m THANKFUL for it!

2 Peter 3:9 says His will is that none should perish but that ALL should come to repentance (turning away from sin).

His wrath has not yet come. There is still time to repent and accept Jesus as Lord and Savior. God doesn’t seek perfection; just a heart willing to submit to His will. That’s not a bad thing. His will is so much better than our own.

I’m better today because of Him. He saved this sinner & gave me grace! He is not a respecter of persons. He loves us all the same but truth remains that He is a HOLY God. Sovereign and just and one day, time WILL run out & grace will no longer abound.

Nothing/no one but JESUS can save you from the wrath of God. Repent and believe the gospel while there is still time.

Love you in the Lord ~Tai.

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