Jehovah was not in the wind. And after the wind, an earthquake: Jehovah was not in the earthquake.
And after the earthquake, a fire: Jehovah was not in the fire. And after the fire, a soft gentle voice. (1Kings 19:11-12)

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Monday, December 9, 2013

The Movement of God ~ The Merciful Heart of God to Save Miserable Souls


We cry out for peace and find it in none other but Him.

The Word who dwelt among us—

Christ, who created all things and in whom all things consist.

He came in flesh.

He took the very form of man He had made in His own image that we might have hope in this dark world.

This is the breath-taking wonder and grace of the incarnation.

Yes, weary hearts wait for hope from Him who became human.

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So in this miserable world we wait in silence for God alone.

As Mary waited for God Almighty to come from her womb, she—

Surrendered herself to the impossible—

God visited a virgin.

As Mary marvelled at the movement of God, full of mercy, He—

Sent forth His Son to become the Saviour—

God becomes mystery.

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He saw the misery of this world and moved with mercy.

And the mystery is this: God not only with us, but Christ in us.

We wait in silence, until, like Mary, our quieted souls can sing:

“My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 
for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant. 
For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed; 
for he who is mighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his name. 
And his mercy is for those who fear him
from generation to generation."
"If God were only all mighty and holy there would be no hope for us at all. If God were only all mighty and holy then we should be all blotted out, the whole world would be destroyed. There would be no salvation. But thank God for this little 'and' . . . 'and His mercy'. Mercy - this is the thing that saves us. Grace and mercy go together. Grace comes before mercy." 
"Grace is love and favour toward those who do not deserve it because of their guilt;  kindness and goodness revealed to those who don't deserve it because they are guilty. 
"Mercy is love toward those who are not merely guilty but who are miserable in their guilt and miserable because they are guilty." 
"God looks down and sees mankind in its mercy, in its agony, in its pain."
~Martyn Lloyd-Jones 
The misery of the world made Him look down with compassion and mercy that we might have hope in Him.

That is why God sent His Son as a babe to Bethlehem.

That is why Christ incarnate humbled Himself on a hill at Calvary.

That is why we can sing His praise and rejoice in hope as humans waiting for Heaven.


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