KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 14:31 KJV” And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?”
God is a merciful God. Mercy is simply when God withholds what should have befallen us by virtue of our wrong actions and blesses us instead. Apostle Peter acted on the word of the master in faith, yet he doubted and disbelieved the word, making him afraid, and ultimately losing his victory. In effect he broke God’s word through unbelief. His reward was for him to have sank into the water, yet the Lord overlook his sin of unbelief and saved him when he cried for MERCY.
The Lord Jesus has consistently responded to the cry for mercy. He is the one who has brought people who had no chance of significance to become men of great honour. “But the LORD was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison.”— Genesis 39:21 (KJV) Joseph, a complete stranger to the throne of Egypt became a prime minister by this act of mercy from God. Dear brother, most times our qualifications seriously fall below God’s standards, yet at the cry for mercy, He overlooks our imperfections to give us what we don’t deserve.
The cry for mercy is indeed very, very potent to completely change the game of life to one’s favour. When the Lord instructed Moses to build the ark for the temple of God, He asked him to create a mercy seat on the ark. Within the ark was the acts of rebellion of the people. These symbols of rebellion were, the tablet of the commandments, Aaron’s rod that budded, and the manna. The mercy seat prevented the father from beholding the sins of the people when the blood of the animal was put on it. “And thou shalt make a mercy seat of pure gold: two cubits and a half shall be the length thereof, and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof.” — Exodus 25: (KJV)
Dear brother or sister it is time we come to terms with the great power of God’s mercy. Many of us have found ourselves unqualified because of so many wrongs we might have committed, and have judged ourselves, accepting that there is no good thing yet to happen to us. Please don’t judge yourself that way, call or cry for mercy and the Lord will switch His light of favor on you. When Peter. cried for mercy Jesus took hold of Him and He walked again with Jesus on the water into the ship. This time it was not his faith that sustained him, it was the faith of Jesus that kept him walking once again on the water. That is what the cry of mercy will do for you.
God my father is a merciful God. He. always hears my cry for mercy. He responds with blessings of favor and He transforms my state to one of great honor.
Deuteronomy 7:9 (KJV). “Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to the a thousand years generations;”
1 Chronicles 16:34 (KJV). “O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.”