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Lord, Have Mercy

January 10, 2017

Two weeks ago, the weather was 32 degrees during the day, raining and sleeting in Atlanta, GA. It brought tears to my eyes to see a homeless man lying on the wet and icy cold ground. I watched him draw himself into the fetus position and covered himself with a wet blanket. These homeless people are humans. We provide better care for animals than we do for humans. God will hold us accountable to what we did with our time and resources. In the parable of the talents “Then another came, saying, ‘Master, here is your mina, which I have kept put in a handkerchief’. (Luke 19:20) These homeless people freeze during the winter and burn-up during the summer. Our leaders are too busy self-promoting, building stadiums and setting their affections on things of this earth. “Set our affection on things above, not on things on the earth.” Colossians 3:2) Everything on this earth is temporal and will fade away. We need to make our deposit in Heaven and not on this earth where “moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6: 19-21) People do not choose to be homeless. Circumstances beyond their control placed them on the streets. Everyone of us could be homeless if it was not for God’s hand on us; His grace and mercy. One songwriter asked the question: “If it had not been for the Lord on my side, where would we be?”

The prodigal son came from a good home. He thought he had arrived when he received his inheritance. When his inheritance had run out, he found himself hungry, without any means of obtaining food until someone had mercy upon him and gave him a job feeding swines. When the prodigal son left home, his plans did not consist of being broke and eating with swines. The plans we make are not always God plans. If we fly too high, God will bring us down. “Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for their wrongs and there is no favoritism.” (Colossians 3:25)

Prayer: Father, in these dark, evil and last days, we need a Savior to stick with us to the end. We need You like never before. We ask You to be Warmth, Food, Strength, Comfort and Hope to the less fortunate. We ask You to meet them in their horrible pit. Lift them up, supply their every need and place their feet upon a Solid Ground. Father, we ask You to look into the inner hearts of the less compassionate and hardhearted people. Call them by name.

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2 Comments
  1. Yes!!! Lord have mercy! We will call them by name!!!!

  2. Pastor M. permalink

    That is so true pastor. . “If it had not been for the Lord on my side, where would we be?

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