The Lord’s mercy and grace are there for us all the days of our life. How will we respond?
As we look back on our lives, we can see the hand of the Lord in keeping us safe and guiding us throughout our lives. His mercy and grace are designed to lead us to Him. He wants us to know Him, to walk with Him in this life, and be with Him in eternity.
Even before we come to the Lord, He watches over us and protects us. As has been mentioned, we can see His guiding hand as we look back on our lives. He has been there for us even when we walked out our lives without Him. It is His desire that all come to Him in repentance and faith. It is up to us to acknowledge His goodness and mercy as His love pursues us throughout our lives. He has done all we could ever hope for in sending by His Son to give His life for us on the cross.
The Lord looks down to see if any understand. If any see His great love for us and all that He has provided for those that love Him. He is patient not wanting any to perish, but those that do not accept His gift of salvation will perish. The Bible is very clear on that. There is a Day coming when the Lord will judge all those that have been given physical life from their creator. What did they do with the life given them? Did they acknowledge the One that blessed them with their life and provided for all their needs? The Lord seeks out all those that would acknowledge His loving care and understand what it cost Him to provide salvation for us. His Word says the following regarding this:
“The Lord looks down from heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God.” (Psalm 14:2)
We are told in the Bible that it is a narrow way that leads to life eternal. We are also told that few find this way. Why is that? Few find it because there are not many ways to salvation, but only one, and that way goes by way of the cross and the sacrifice Jesus made there for us all. Jesus tells us the following in the Gospel of Matthew:
“Because straight is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads unto life, and few there be that find it. (Matthew 7:14)
If we are trusting in living a good life (and we should strive to live a good life) to get to Heaven then we are not trusting in the narrow way. If we are trusting in church attendance (and that is important) to gain the Lord’s approval then we are in the broad way. Many compare their lives with others and believe that because they see their life as more moral than their “neighbor”, that will gain them Heaven. This is called relative righteousness and, if relied on for acceptance with God, will not end well for us. The Lord’s standard for us is perfection. Jesus said, “Be ye perfect, even as your Father in Heaven.” There is only one way, and that is to place our faith in Jesus and Him crucified. His righteousness is then imputed to us. When we come by faith the Father sees us “In Christ” – in His perfection. Jesus showed us the way in the following verse:
“I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes to the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6)
Some might say; Why is there only one way? Well, we are undone and unable to save ourselves in our fallen condition. The Lord came and died for our sin so that we might be forgiven and have fellowship with God. The Lord provided this “Way” out of His love for us through His mercy and grace. If you do not know the Lord today, won’t you come to Him in faith along the narrow way? He loves you and He desires that all come to “newness of life” that is only found in Him. As the following scripture tells us, we can know that we have eternal life in Him:
“These things have I written unto you who believe on the name of the Son of God; that you might know that you have eternal life.” (1 John 5:13)
If you don’t know the One who loved you and died for you, you can choose the narrow way today. The Lord stands at the door of our heart, waiting to be invited in. He loves you and wants you to be with Him in eternity.
Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hears My voice, and open the door, I will come into him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” (Revelation 3:20)
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Tom Quinn Ministries – tqministries.com 2021