The Beauty of Mercy

Michael Beck

“Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.” (Proverbs 3:3,4)

The world can be an ugly place. So much of what we see can strike us as wrong. Our spirit becomes agitated. Habakkuk couldn’t believe that God could look at it without becoming moved enough to do something about it.

“Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity: wherefore lookest thou upon them that deal treacherously, and holdest thy tongue when the wicked devoureth the man that is more righteous than he?” (Habakkuk 1:13)

Despite how tardy God might presently appear, there is a day coming when every wrong will be righted and only righteousness will be seen in the earth. For now, God’s righteousness and beauty are on full display in His mercy, patience, and longsuffering. If the Lord would mark iniquity and immediately destroy all that is amiss in His sight, who among us would stand? “But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.” (Psalm 130:4)

Ultimately, it is a merciful heart that gains admiration. Don’t add to the the ugliness in the world, put on the beauty of the Lord.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.