Saturday, July 14, 2007

Time of Recollection

Turning to God!

God's mercy is well depicted in parables, and parable about king forgiving his servant's huge debt, merciful Samaritan parable, good shepherd parable, prodigal son parable, woman looking tirelessly for lost piece of silver parable are good examples. In the last parable God is represented by woman looking tirelessly for her lost coin. She immediately starts her search even if she have nine silver coins still in her possession. She would continue her search till she found the missing piece. In this parable, we can see God's concern for every soul well represented by pieces of silver. He cares about every soul equally - for He is the best Father who even sent into the world His only begotten Son. The Son resumes Father's search and whenever He finds the lost soul He announces: "Rejoice with me!" (Luke 15:9), for: " rich in mercy" (Ephesians 2:4). There are plenty examples of God's mercy in Old Testament parables; God willingness to spare from annihilation even lustful perverts of Sodom if only ten just people could be found among them (Genesis 18:32). Israelites were chosen by God but they did not appreciated it and made Moses cry: "For I know thy obstinacy and thy most stiff neck " (Deuteronomy 31:27). However, God kept showering them with graces and favours and even gave them promised Messiah. Another example is David, the great king and man beloved by God. In the end, David became adulterer and murderer, but he repented and in his misery was comforted by God's prophet, Nathan: "The Lord has also hath taken away thy sin: thou shalt not die " (2 Kings 12:13). Countless sins of Ninive's people were prompting for God's vengeance, and He already made his mind about it, but: "God saw their works, that they were turned from their evil way: and God had mercy with regard to the evil which he had said that he would do to them, and he did it not." (Jonas 3:10). Samaritan woman with obscure past, adulterous woman sentenced to death by stoning, repentant adulterous woman in the house of Pharisee, Peter breaking his promise, and Paul, the sworn enemy of first Christians, these are all examples of God's mercy. In our own circumstances, whatever our sins are - we need to remember that God does not change and is faithful to His promises, therefore we should trust His mercy: "Keep yourself in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, unto life everlasting" (Jude 1:24)