“For I know that You are a gracious and merciful God, slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness…” Jonah 4:2
Maybe Jonah remembered other times when the people deserved judgment, but God gave mercy.
Maybe Jonah recalled the Children of Israel’s sin in worshipping the golden calf—they deserved judgment, but God gave them mercy. When judgment was due, God described Himself to Moses this way:
“The LORD, the LORD God, merciful and gracious…” (Ex. 34:5)
God alone is able to keep judgment and mercy in tandem. We will never understand how His love and judgment come together until we look at the cross. Holiness and justice demanded payment for sin. Love provided the payment in His death.
Now, the Spirit of God pours out His grace and mercy on the ones who really deserved to die. That’s me! That’s you!
Oh Father, I am amazed by Your love!