Have ever been working on a project and someone handed you just what you needed? One time I was working on my ‘project’ car (a ‘69 Jeepster Commando). I was having trouble dealing with an oddly placed bolt. A friend who was working with me just happened to have a wrench that seemed to be designed for such an occasion. Now, the job was still tough and I busted a few knuckles, but it was so much easier with the made-to-fit help. Specially designed tools and helps are also a great benefit when it comes to woodworking, or most any craft, but it’s also helpful for teams at work, school or in the community. Someone from either inside or outside the group steps up and brings a perfect solution for the next step or problem being faced. It was just what was needed for that moment, that day.
These little moments of just-when-I-needed-it mercy pushes back the overwhelming pressures of the project and keeps us moving forward. For, it is very easy to let the enormity of projects or tasks to overpower our drive and deflate our motivation. Especially if there is difficulty, conflict, or hardships.
This overwhelming reality of hardships and affliction hits life as well; a loss of a job, a loss of a political ideal, a loss of a loved one, a loss of a dream, a loss of a friend, a loss of health, a loss of self, a loss of a marriage, a loss of a child. We have no idea how we can move on. We get caught up with not only today’s issues, but what will happen tomorrow. What will happen? How will we cope? How will we make it? And the confusing spin of uncertainty takes us to despair and a hopelessness where we feel abandoned with no idea where to go.
Yet there is great hope in God!
Lamentations 3:22-24 22 Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. 23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. 24 I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for Him.”
We have a God who loves us immensely.
Zephaniah 3:17 The LORD your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”
Psalm 86:15 But you, O Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.
And in this love God brings to us just what we need: made-to-fit mercy for what we deal with today. Mercy means kindness, compassion, help, and relief to endure what life throws at us. Not tomorrow’s afflictions, but today’s. Yet when tomorrow comes, then again, God’s mercy kicks in. Jesus said…
Matthew 6:34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
It’s not that we do not prepare for tomorrow. Preparation and planning are important in life. However, in dealing with the struggles, tragedies, and losses in life trusting in God’s mercy can help.
It’s not that trusting in God’s love and mercy wipes away the pain or suffering or hardship, but there is comfort, wisdom, guidance and help available as we walk with our suffering and affliction. All we need to do is turn to Jesus.
Matthew 11:28-30 28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
To come to Jesus is to continue to grow in understanding of who He is, what His way of life is all about, and yield to Him as Lord. It is a journey of faith that allows us to experience God’s made-to-fit mercy each day. This might just be what you are looking for, just what you need, today. Why not reach out for this help?
Church is a great place to grow in understanding of Jesus and His way of life. If you are not already connected to a church, please feel invited to ours. Our website has information about our various campuses. We would love you to connect with you, www.cypresschurch.net .
Seeking to grasp God’s made-to-fit mercy with you,