“Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, ‘Son of David, have mercy on me!’”Mark 10:48 NIVUK
“Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.” Proverbs 28:13 NIVUK
“Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.” Matthew 5:7 NIVUK
“LORD, see how my enemies persecute me! Have mercy and lift me up from the gates of death,” Psalm 9:13 NIVUK
Where there is great health and great wealth it is easy to find pride and arrogance. It is easy to be haughty and smug when all seems to be going right. You are on top of the world and think you know it all and have everything under your control. Yea, when you are rich you will make many friends. People will make time to listen to your views and opinions. You will use people and some people will even be ready to fight for you. At that time you will not want to listen to any talk about God, because you will easily believe that you do not need God. You will classify all preachings about God as gibberish irrelevant nonsense.
But when you get very sick and lose all your wealth, you will suddenly start scrambling to look for help. Your vulnerability will be highlighted and you will look around you for someone to have pity and compassion upon you. At that time you will lose all your friends and you will feel exposed and insecure. All the things you established and thought that you knew, including your high-minded opinions, nobody would want to listen to anymore. You will even contemplate ending your life quickly. This is often the portion of those who fail to be merciful towards others.
The worse type of ignorance is found in those who think too highly of themselves yet are poor and often sick. They struggle day and night to climb an ever-elusive social ladder, but still do not want to hear about God. They think they have got life all figured-out and cling doggedly to hopelessly useless traditions and beliefs which are the things that bring them the very sickness and poverty that they suffer from. They too, like merciless wild beasts live by an opportunistic latent devilish instinct to kill or be killed. These types of people are easily manipulable and often respond to provocation with predictive violence. They are the real social lemmings, the kind who cannot or refuse to think about God. They look to the loudest, the strongest and the meanest in their pack to lead them hand-to-mouth into a very highly dismal future.
A wise person, whether rich or poor healthy or sick, who spends much time contemplating on the true meaning of life will consider that God is the only Almighty and all powerful one. God is the owner of everything, holding the lifespan of everyone in His hands.
If there is one good favour you can do for yourself this day, whether you consider yourself self-sufficient and healthy or not, it is to embark upon an exercise of humility.
Come to the self-realisation that you need the mercy and protection of your Creator God. Calm your thoughts on this very day to think about the mercy and forgiveness that you need from God.
Cry out to God for mercy and do not let anyone or anything stop you!
And be merciful, gentle and caring toward others. It is no crime to be kind and considerate towards others. It is no crime to be humble and peace loving.
And may the good God of mercy listen to you when you cry out to Him today, Amen!