Yet he was merciful; he forgave their iniquities and did not destroy them. Time after time he restrained his anger and did not stir up his full wrath. He remembered that they were but flesh, a passing breeze that does not return.
How often they rebelled against him in the desert and grieved him in the wasteland! Again and again they put God to the test; they vexed the Holy One of Israel. They did not remember his power – the day he redeemed them from the oppressor, the day he displayed his miraculous signs in Egypt, his wonders in the region of Zoan.
Those who trust in the Lord do their best to obey Him and expect Him to pick up mountains and move them if necessary.
However, those who do not trust in God are many times still saved by God.
During Hurricane Ike, a man rode out the storm in his home, and although there was damage to his property, he survived the storm. He told reporters he hadn’t prayed for help.
I imagine his friends were praying for his safety as were thousands of viewers when the story of him not leaving his home was first broadcast just before the storm hit.
If you don’t pray for God’s help, don’t bet that no one’s praying. God listens to our prayers, even those prayed by sinners. He knows we’ve all sinned. No one would ever get God’s help if we had to be perfect to pray.
I think God is looking at us all very closely to see who is about to start speaking and acting like they believe God is who He says He is. I know He waits and watches so He can help us take our first steps in His direction.
It must be like a mama bird waiting for her eggs to hatch. They don’t all hatch at once. They hatch when they’re ready. And even though they don’t all hatch sometimes, she treats them all as though they will.
Almighty God sent Jesus to make sure we had a chance to hatch. Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to hover over us with the heat of His presence until the moment we come out of our shells.
God gives us many second chances we don’t recognize. Isn’t it time we at least recognized His mercy?