Great Is His Mercy
Devotions with Pastor Jason Lim
"I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion." - Romans 9:14
The Bible reveals God as a God of salvation. In sending His only Son as a sacrifice for sin, He demonstrates mercy and compassion to the undeserving and the wretched. At the same time, the Bible reveals God as a God with a selection. He will have mercy on whom He will have mercy. Salvation belongs unto the Lord, and His salvation is elective. His electing purposes in salvation speaks of His absolute sovereignty. He is God and He has the sovereign right to show mercy on whom He chooses. That is why He is God. God is God because He is completely unbound and unrestrained to decide as He pleases.
You may ask, "Is there unrighteousness with God for His electing purposes in salvation? Can we fault God for His choice?" The answer is an affirmative no. There is no unrighteousness with God. He is just. He is righteous. He is God, and all that He does and all that He says is righteous and just, even when we cannot comprehend it.
God is love. He is slow to anger, but He does not show mercy at all times. "I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy," He is merciful in character but He chooses when to show His mercy in His actions and ways. This is the difference between the essence of God and the expression of God. Indeed, the wonder of God's mercy is not that some are saved and some are lost, but that anybody is saved at all.