I am not a great fan of secular music especially today’s music. Apart from its unsavory lyrics and morally corrupt and bankrupt videos, the messages been conveyed in today’s music are either out rightly demonic, lustful(mostly), misleading about wealth (getting it and spending), corrupt representation of feminity and sex but also its entirety is a rejection of the knowledge and supremacy of the Lord Jesus. No wonder the book of Ecclesiastes 7:5 says “It is better for a man to hear the rebuke of the wise than to hear the song of fools” and as we know it is the “fool” that says in his heart that there is no God or better put, that refuses to acknowledge God in his life and living.
That said, you could still find some reasonable levels of morality, common sense and decency in a “few” of the old song we commonly refer to as “Oldies”. Like songs from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s.
I remember one of such songs whose chorus was asking a question “How deep is your love?” and that got me thinking; How deep do we really know and appreciate God’s love and Mercy?
To talk about the depth of God’s love and mercy when the times are good and favorable is not a true measure of your understanding of the issue but when you are going through terrible and challenging times.
A case in point is the prodigal son in Luke 15:11-32. We all know the parable so I will spare us the details but of interest is verse 18 when the prodigal son says “I will arise and go to my father…”. Remember he asked for his share of the inheritance and then squandered it all by himself alone much against his father’s will.
So the question is:
Why did he think that his father will take him back?
Why did he believe his father will even listen to him or consider any proposal from him?
Some might argue that he was desperate; that he had ran out of all viable options. Hmm! that is true and possible. But the query is this; he was in a far country, he was not close to his father and returning back to his father was going to take days; days of the same hunger and lack that he was trying to run from.
What about friends and associate he had made along the way; why didn’t he go to them?
What about the lady friends; why didn’t he go to them?
For me, he knew the deep of his father’s love and mercy not just for him but naturally for everyone including servants, hence he said in verse 17… “But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have more than enough bread, but I perish here with hunger!… Servants in his father’s house have more than enough…His father was known to be a benevolent man even to servants. The prodigal son knew how deep his father’s mercy and love was, do you?
Let’s take another example, Mary and Jesus at the wedding in Cana, Galilee in John 2. The wedding ran out of wine, Mary noticed but no record that shows that the organizers of the wedding told Mary. Mary took it upon herself to tell her son, Jesus. Why? There is no record to show that Mary was related to the celebrants and so why was she concern that the wedding “might” be a mess with the wine finished? My answer; a heart of compassion and love.
So she told (not asked) her son… “When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus replied … “And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.” …. This statement of the Lord was clear and without ambiguities; it meant NO. But Mary did something interesting in verse 5, she told the servants “His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”. Why?
Jesus just said No and so why still expect him to do something. My answer; she knew how deep his mercy and compassion was, do you?
Do you know how deep God’s love, compassion and mercy is towards you? Romans 8: 31-39 explains it all … “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written,
“For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
God loves you more than you know or can imagine…John 3:16. No matter how dire and terrible your situation or circumstance might be; always remember God loves you no matter who you are and what you have done, don’t run away from Jesus and don’t condemn yourself even if the world around you condemns you. Forgiveness is available in Jesus Christ.
Almighty Father, Eternal Rock of Ages, King of glory, the great I AM…I pray that you will open our eyes of understanding about the deep of your love and mercy to reject the lies of the devil about us and embrace the saving grace of our Lord Jesus in Jesus name…Amen.