20 Then Noah built an altar to the Lord and, taking some of all the clean animals and clean birds, he sacrificed burnt offerings on it. 21 The Lord smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: “Never again will I curse the ground because of humans, even though[a] every inclination of the human heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done.
22 “As long as the earth endures,
seedtime and harvest,
cold and heat,
summer and winter,
day and night
will never cease.”
Here we see Noah gave God thanks. He knew to give God the credit for bringing him and his family through the destruction of all except for that which was on the ark. God knew Noah’s heart just like He knows ours, and so God had mercy on Noah. God has mercy on us also, however we are saved by His grace. Mercy is deliverance from judgement or the fact that God is not punishing us as our sins deserve. Paul the apostle writes: ” For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23). Grace is extending kindness to the unworthy, or God’s blessing even though we don’t deserve it. That’s the second part of Paul’s statement. It’s a gift from God. This gift is free to us because Jesus paid the price. Someone died in our place so that we could be made righteous. That’s how much God loves us. He desires to have a relationship with us. So He went all out and gave His Son. Can you imagine giving something so precious for everyone else, and they don’t deserve it? That’s who God is! Today I pray for mercy on our country, our world, and the people of this world. I believe He is doing that now, however if we reject His free give of salvation He has no place for us. Why would any of us reject a free gift? I’m not sure, but if you’re reading this and aren’t sure, cry out, call out, reach out, do something. But if you don’t know what to say…just say Jesus!