The other day in my Bible study we were talking about how Jesus is the only way to God. Printed at the bottom of the notes page was a quote by R.C. Sproul that really shook me to my foundation. And I hope it does the same for you.
“In light of mankind’s universal rebellion against God, the issue is not why is there only one way to God, but why is there any way at all?”
>WARNING: SPOILER ALERT<
In the book Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, three men, American bombers fighting in World War 2, survived a plane crash and floated for 47 days without rescue. Before the 47th day, one survivor quit surviving. The remaining two men were almost to the shore of an island. Although they knew it was Japanese territory, they were excited for the relief of dry land. In the dark of night, a tsunami came and tossed them about. When I was reading this I thought, ‘Why is this happening to them? Here I thought God was leading them towards the safety of land, but now He’s taking them away from it?’ When the storm calmed, the men were nearly to the shore. At this, I felt bad for doubting God. It is often when we are closest to freedom that the storm is the worst. But we still must trust that God will bring us through it. As it turned out, the Japanese on the island had compassion on them and helped them regain their health. The storm led them where they needed to be.
Mercy is not getting what you do deserve-a withheld punishment. Psalm 51:1- Have mercy on me, oh God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions.