This morning, Margaret and I went to the wedding of two of my students. On the way to the wedding, our normal radio station (a classic rock station) was playing old pop instead of classic rock. I changed to another channel, a Christian music station.
The first song that we heard on the Christian music station was “East to West” by Casting Crowns. We like Casting Crowns, and Margaret had heard this song, but I had not. Several times in the song, they sing, “In the arms of your mercy I find rest”. I started thinking about this. And Margaret and I talked about it for a few minutes.
Isn’t it wonderful that we can rest in God’s mercy? To me, this means that nothing will separate me from his love, and I do not have to do anything to earn his love. I do not have to worry about disappointing God. When I sin, he loves me. When I fail, he loves me.
Because of his mercy, I can rest. I do not have to worry about doing enough, or working enough, or believing enough, or going enough, or talking enough. I can rest because I know that God loves me and has done everything necessary.
However, even though I rest in God’s mercy in reality, I don’t always live as if I can rest in God’s mercy. Many days I find myself doing things to earn God’s love and mercy. Many times I convince myself that I need to do more so that God will be proud of me and so that I won’t make him ashamed of me. I end up working to earn God’s mercy, instead of resting in God’s mercy. Thankfully, God shows himself faithful, and reminds me that I can rest in him.
What does it mean to you to rest in God’s mercy? Do you ever find yourself trying to work to earn God’s mercy instead of resting in God’s mercy?