I talk about choice a lot because it’s an incredibly powerful gift we have. The ability to make choices about what our future holds, what we’ll do that day, who we are, and who we interact with not only gives us the power to be individuals, it also gives us the power to become just about anyone we want.
God’s made a lot of choices over the years. He made a big choice about the Garden of Eden and the flooding of the earth, and He made a big choice about sending His son Jesus to earth and eventually to die and rise again. He makes new choices each day in the course of our lives and interactions with Him and the future of the rest of the world.
One of the choices I really appreciate is God choosing to show compassion and mercy to us. Most of us screw up on a daily basis, we don’t always live up to the potential God placed in us and we don’t always do what would honor God, I know I don’t. So have no doubt that God is definitely choosing to be compassionate and merciful to us rather than spiting us right here and now.
What we tend to forget when being so thankful that God is merciful and compassionate to us is that He has the ability to choose to be compassionate and gracious to anyone else He chooses too, not just us. It means that not only can God choose to be compassionate to one person today, He can be compassionate to a completely different person the next day.
The story of the animals in the sheet that appeared in a dream to Peter is a great example of this: for many years the people believed that eating 4-footed animals was against God’s will, and it was. But God decided that it was time for a change and that the old way no longer worked. So He declared the change, a change that wasn’t just about animals and eating but about the people He accepted and loved, which was a big revelation for everyone living then.
The same is true for us today: don’t believe that God won’t change His mind on things or that you can’t ever be helped, and that you’re permanently broken. Be open to something new, a new story, today.
“The Lord replied, “I will make all my goodness pass before you, and I will call out my name, Yahweh, before you. For I will show mercy to anyone I choose, and I will show compassion to anyone I choose.” Exodus 33:19