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Psalm 145:8-10 (NLT)
The LORD is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. The LORD is good to everyone. He showers compassion on all his creation. All of your works will thank you, LORD, and your faithful followers will praise you.

The Lord is merciful. He is compassionate. God is slow to get angry and is filled with unfailing love. The Lord is good to everyone. You may not recognize the Mercy of God flowing in your life today. His Compassion may not be evident in the midst of your chaos. It may seem as though God is angry with you in the situation that you are facing. With an empty heart, you are crying out for the unfailing love to fill you up again. Maybe you find it hard to believe that the Lord is good to everyone showing compassion on all creation in the midst of great concern. I feel this way sometimes. Lost in the battle of faith holding tightly to confident in hope as my soul struggles to believe Him more. God is relentless. I looked up the word “relentless” because it just doesn’t add up. Relent means to soften in feeling, temper, and determination. It is the act of compassion to become less severe and forgive. In the midst of the storm, how do we witness the Glory of God as Moses did passing by as He calls out, “I am Yahweh! The Lord! The God of Compassion and Mercy! I am slow to anger and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness!” (Exodus 34:6) In desperation, I reach out to take hold once more of this valuable truth about the Character and Nature of God in the midst of violent circumstances and unyielding pressure. I want to know God’s Mercy! I want to feel His Compassion! I want to be filled with His Unfailing Love.

Isaiah 30:18 (NLT)
So the LORD must wait for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion. For the LORD is a faithful God. Blessed are those who wait for his help.

The Lord must wait on me to come to Him so He can show me His Love and Compassion. Is it true? Is the Lord waiting for me to come closer to show me more of His Love and Compassion? It is not only possible but probably true especially for those who want to live by faith, develop confident hope and desire to live what they believe. In His Relentless Pursuit of His Beloved, the Lord must wait for our response. If we are consumed with the battle, many times we forget to return to our source of strength and power which rests solely in His Compassion and Mercy for His People. He longs to overtake us with His Goodness but first our strength must fail in order to submit to the Power of God waiting to permeate our life. We must run out of options to come to Him at last. For the Lord is faithful and will do exactly what He has promised in our life. It all is according to His Plan which most of the time deviates from our own. Blessed are those who wait for His Help rather than running off on their own attempting to win a battle that is already won! Is it true that all I must do is come?

Lamentations 3:25-33 (NLT)
The LORD is good to those who depend on him, to those who search for him. So it is good to wait quietly for salvation from the LORD. And it is good for people to submit at an early age to the yoke of his discipline: Let them sit alone in silence beneath the LORD’s demands. Let them lie face down in the dust, for there may be hope at last. Let them turn the other cheek to those who strike them and accept the insults of their enemies. For no one is abandoned by the Lord forever. Though he brings grief, he also shows compassion because of the greatness of his unfailing love. For he does not enjoy hurting people or causing them sorrow.

In the past two weeks, I have sent out multiple appeals to our insurance company to cover the cost of our son’s bone marrow transplant treatment. It is has been a relentless pursuit of coverage. Initially panic set in, I reached out in all directions for assistance. Last Thursdays, I was down to two final appeals for approval. Yesterday, I received one denial, now we are down to one final appeal. It all comes down to money and the cost of a treatment that they deem experimental even though everything medically points to its success. The insurance company is bound by its underwriting. I understand the law. It once held me captive, too. I used to have to depend on the law to show me how to approach God and hope that I was successful. That is until I met Jesus Christ. Now I have God’s Compassion and Mercy working in my life. His Mercy is new every single morning demonstrating God’s Unfailing Love and Faithfulness to His People. Over the course of the past two weeks, many people have flooded me with names, numbers, websites, and options of how to go around the insurance company, or to fight them to change their mind. After I sent the final two appeals, I put all these notes in a folder and tucked them away. I am waiting on the Lord. I depend on Him. I am searching for Him. It says that it is “good to wait quietly on the salvation of the Lord.” It is good for people to “submit to a yoke of discipline”. No one is abandoned by the Lord forever. God has not abandoned me but is teaching me to come to Him to receive His Compassion and Mercy. So Lord, here I am…

Lamentations 3:22-24 (NLT)
The faithful love of the LORD never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. I say to myself, “The LORD is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!”

The Word of God tells me that the faithful love of the Lord never ends. It is relentless. His Mercies never cease! He is relentless. Great is His Faithfulness, but if I must come to Him to receive His Compassion and Mercy, I guess the real question in all this is “do I believe?” His Mercies begin fresh each morning! This is a fact. The Lord is my inheritance so I will hope in Him” is a choice. I must make a choice each day whether I will take on the world in my own strength or surrender my life to Jesus each morning and accept His Unfailing Love and Mercy. Those who hope in the Lord alone will wait for salvation to come. The grief that we experience is the death of sinful nature which tries to take our thoughts and emotions with it to the grave. The Lord knows that the sin we face is difficult and causes us many sorrows. Jesus came to deliver us from a tragic life and heal all of our wounds. But it is impossible to experience such restoration if we continually insist on fighting our own battles in the name of faith or doing nothing to move closer to God and calling it covered by grace. Everything you need is in the Presence of God today. You do not have to fight for it. You do not have to struggle with it. You do not even have to ask for it. You must simply come to Him. He is ready to give you mercy. He is ready to cover you in compassion. His Unfailing Love has been pursuing you since the moment of your birth. Faith produces hope. If you believe, you will receive the mercy and compassion of God each and every day for your use and consumption. The rest is up to you!

I Kings 19:11-13 (NLT)
“Go out and stand before me on the mountain,” the LORD told him. And as Elijah stood there, the LORD passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And a voice said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

There are many times when faced with the hardships of life that I think about Elijah. Everything seemed to be going great. He was experiencing great success when all of sudden Elijah woke up hidden and afraid in a cave. Surrounded by self-pity, the Lord came to Elijah in that place. He told him to “go out and stand before me on the mountain.” As the prophet stood there, God’s Glory passed by him just as it did Moses. First it was as a mighty windstorm, then a terrible blast. But God was not in the wind… Then there was a giant earthquake that shook the foundation on which he stood, but again God was not in that either. Finally there was a great fire that tested the faith in his heart yet Elijah continued to stand. But when Elijah heard the gentle whisper of God’s Voice, He walked outside and stood in the Presence of God. The Lord asked Him, “What are you doing here?” Has your current trial sent you into hiding? Is uncertainty looming overhead? God is not responsible for the temptations and trials in our life. But He is the still small voice that will guide us through. Elijah knew the Lord. He maintained a constant relationship with God, His Father. When he heard to the Lord’s Voice, he wrapped his face in his cloak and came to Him. Is the Lord calling you closer today? Will you go? I know how it feels to be weak. I sense your weariness as it attempts to permeate my soul, too. I understand the frustration of constant testing and the pressure of flesh that is failing. Believe me I do. The Lord is gently whispering to you today, “Hey come closer. I have prepared new mercy for you today. It will be more than enough if you will walk in My Presence. My Compassion will reach you in this place. My Mercy will cover you from head to toe so that you can rest in Me. Wait for Me. Trust Me enough to hold on to hope when all else fails.” This is the Voice I hear today. The Lord wants to know “what you are doing here”. What will be your response to His Relentless pursuit of your heart?

Luke 7:13-15 (NLT)
When the Lord saw her, his heart overflowed with compassion. “Don’t cry!” he said. Then he walked over to the coffin and touched it, and the bearers stopped. “Young man,” he said, “I tell you, get up.” Then the dead boy sat up and began to talk! And Jesus gave him back to his mother.

Does your life provoke the mercy and compassion of God? His Love for us in unconditional and unfailing. When the Lord saw the widower with the body of her only son, his heart overflowed with compassion. The Lord’s Compassion and Mercy are for you today. He is looking at our heart. Psalm 51 invites the Lord to cleanse our heart each day. It delineates repentance that allows the Lord’s Compassion and Mercy to reach us because sin no longer keeps us from entering His Presence living in righteousness by faith and hope in the Lord. This is how I come to the Lord to receive that Compassion and Mercy that He has made for me. It is the very thing that will end my grief and suffering. I do not need enough strength to win the battle. It has already been won. I just need enough faith to win the race and endure to the end keeping all my trust in the Lord. Waiting indeed is the hardest thing. Anticipation is tough when the adversary continues to tear away at your confidence. I must only have enough faith and hope in Jesus to keep standing because He will fight for me. He is relentless in His Pursuit of Perfection in my life. My heart’s desire become His Passion when I align my heartbeat with His Heart. Although I feel very weak and weary in my pursuit, such things are never part of His Pursuit of Perfection for my life including every detail and turning it into good! (Isaiah 40:28; Romans 8:28) Tell the Lord today, “I am weak…” (Psalm 6:2) Some days what we need more than anything is His Compassion and Mercy rather than more natural ability and strength. Dependency on God demands a relinquishment of personal power and full assumption of His Power operating in my life today. When I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:10) Less of me equals more of Jesus. I need all of Him today! (John 3:30) Your dream is not dead today. The Resurrection Power that brought Jesus from the grave now lives inside of you. If you simply come, He will bring it back to life! What if the greatest desire of your heart was stalling because you have a stubborn heart? What if the victory you are chasing is just around the corner? What if you are just out of position and a simple adjustment would birth your promise? God is relentlessly pursing you today. He is full of mercy and compassion that the Lord wants to shower over your life. He wants to melt your mountain. He was to level the ridges to produce your harvest as tears moisten the soil of your life. All you have to do is come!

Psalm 103:11-13 (NLT)
For his unfailing love toward those who fear Him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth. He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west. The LORD is like a father to his children tender and compassionate to those who fear him.

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