Summary: How our Father in heaven is Gracious and Merciful unto us day by day
Nevertheless for thy great mercies 'sake thou didst not utterly consume them, nor forsake them; for thou art a gracious and merciful God. Now therefore, our God, the great, the mighty, and the terrible God, who keepest covenant and mercy, let not all the trouble seem little before thee, that hath come upon us, on our kings, on our princes, and on our priests, and on our prophets, and on our fathers, and on all thy people, since the time of the kings of Assyria unto this day.
Now in the history of Nehemiah he was the cup bearing to the King and also known as a man who desired to make a difference for the glory of God. Think about the times where Gods people had faced so much turmoil but yet they had God’s grace and mercy upon them even in their restoration.
Now let us look at today's society and we see that the world is revolving right to left, Instead of left to right as the sun revolves around the earth. And recognizing that these changes are not according to the Gods word. Therefore it is clear today that in order to get back on track we must rely on pray, faith, but Grace and Mercy are the key source to us all. Understand that these inseparable twins are sufficient for us all. There are 4 points we must reflect in this message today
1. Hope. - God is merciful when we are not aware
2. Salvation - God is merciful even we are disobedient
3. Love - God mercy does not come of our worthiness
4. Grace is not self-righteousness - mercy is not pride
Let me give you the meaning of the two key words in this message. Grace is a word that holds several meanings one of elegance and beauty, pleasing quality, goodwill, a manifestation of favor. Mercy is defined an act of kindness, compassion, or favor, and something that gives evidence to divine favor.
Now in this scripture of Nehemiah 9 we have to realize that the children of Israel were facing trails and turmoil in their time. Understand that they broke their covenant with God which cause them to face all that they did. Realize that the children of God that the Kings had failed, the princes had failed, the priest had failed and even the prophets failed yet they serve a Gracious and Merciful God. Understand that thou centuries have passed the same problems still exist in the world today for we all fall short of the Glory of God but where it not for his Grace and Mercy. Take a moment and Think about how every time we turn on the television or read a newspaper there is so much negative news being reported from murders, to laws changing to appease man desires to rumors of wars. Yet the question today is where is the church? Are we protesting the things that are abominations unto our Father in Heaven? For instance, in the midst of this devastating world God still loves us and his love is greatest love of all. See we are his chosen people that have made a choice in our hearts and minds to live by his word but are we truly speaking and teaching his word to others or are we ashamed to speak out. The aspect of God’s grace is so beautiful that regardless of what we do he still forgives us for he is gracious and merciful unto us. Keep in mind that his grace is our Hope for when we repent unto him our sins he is just to forgive regardless of how many times we sin.