Will You Miss Your Opportunity?

The Lord is a merciful God and I am thankful for that. If it were not for the mercy of God, I'd still be lost and might not even be alive today. All throughout the Bible, God's mercy is extolled. After the destruction of Jerusalem, the prophet Jeremiah in his lamentation made this statement, "It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness" (Lamentations 3:22-23). Psalm 136 repeats the phrase "his mercy endureth forever" in every verse of the psalm, showing how prominent God's mercy is.

The Bible states that we aren't saved by our works of righteousness but, according to his mercy, we are saved by the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Ghost (Titus 3:5). Even with all the mercy that God provides, the Bible is also clear that God has appointed times for individuals as well as nations. Just as we shouldn't take God's grace for granted, we also shouldn't take his mercy for granted.

The Bible points out many instances that, even with the mercy of God, there comes a time when judgment overrides mercy. In the days of Noah, there came a day of the flood. Until the flood came, God's mercy was available, but once God shut the door to the ark, the time of mercy was over (Genesis 7:16). When Israel was delivered from Egypt, God was merciful with their unbelief, murmuring, and unfaithfulness; but there came a day where they were judged by their own words. All the men twenty years and older died in the wilderness during the next 40 years except Joshua and Caleb (Number 14:28-30).

We have been living in a period of grace and mercy made available through the blood of Jesus shed on Calvary, but just as there came a day of judgment for others in the Old Testament, there will come a day of judgment for all upon this earth. We should not take God's mercy for granted; it is an opportunity to get saved and stay saved. The Bible says now is the day of salvation (II Corinthians 6:2). Do we really appreciate God's grace and mercy, or are we living our lives in ignorance, not knowing that our opportunity or mercy and grace may be slipping away from us? We need to examine ourselves and see if we are in the faith and doing what God has called us to do (II Corinthians 13:5, Matthew 24:45-46).