As I write this post, my husband and I are driving through an unmerciful place on this earth where the sun beats down, the wind is hot, and the road mesmerizes drivers desperate to arrive to their destination. A heat warning continues to pop up on our GPS warning us of danger.
We’r’e tired. My husband struggles to stay awake, and I’m not much help. I try to read aloud, but my voice is more lulling than invigorating and the chapter is left unfinished.
Traveling can be difficult especially in the heat and when you’re weary.
And that’s what made me think of studying mercy this week. Of course, the sun and desert have no control of the consequences of this climate–it’s just is how the world works, but if they did, the sun could be portrayed as a ruthless, merciless tyrant whose goal in life was to cause suffering.
That’s how some people (those who don’t know Him) view God. But the Bible tells us that He is a God of mercy.
Come study these scriptures with me.
Pour your coffee, grab a journal, and your favorite Bible. This week I don’t have a printable for you. I’m sorry. Travelling has made it difficult to do all I like to do for the Bite of Bread. Because of our travel back home this week, I probably won’t be sharing the Daily Broadcast until Friday. But I will be back in my kitchen Friday morning ready to go! I hope you can join me. It’s 8:20 AM ET.
For the Lord your God is a merciful God; he will not abandon or destroy or forget the covenant that he made with your forefathers, which he confirmed to them by oath. ~Deuteronomy 4:31
Have you ever used the SOAK method when studying scripture? I want to encourage us to use this method as we go through these verses this week. A print icon above, next to the sharing buttons, allows you to print this page if you would like for the reading plan and how to SOAK.
S- Read the scripture a few times.
O- Observe the verses around it- the context.
A-Apply the verse to your life.
K- Kneel in prayer.
Many of us focus on one word for they year, but this week, let’s focus on mercy–receiving and giving. Let’s be merciful as we’ve received such kindness and forgiveness–the withholding of punishment.
Who will you be merciful to this week?
How has God shown you mercy?
I’d love to hear your thoughts. Leave a comment!
Living fully in Mercy,