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Accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, and being covered by the blood of Jesus is more than just obtaining salvation.  Due to the love of the Father we have benefits beyond our limited imagination.  Once we choose the narrow road we are put upon the path of God.  The Paths of the LORD are described in Scripture as being of mercy and abundance.  Mercy is not getting what we deserve, which is judgment.  Abundance is also not getting what you deserve, which is blessing.  Our choices have temporal (for this time on earth) and eternal (or time after earth).  Waiting upon God and learning about His paths is a choice I want to make, both for now and forever more.  He wants to teach you His paths – what an opportunity!

Show me Your ways, O LORD; teach me Your paths.  Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day.  (Psalm 25:4-5, NKJV, emphasis added)

His paths are mercy and abundance and we receive these while waiting on God.

All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth, to such as keep His covenant and His testimonies.  (Psalm 25:10, NKJV)

You crown the year with your goodness, and Your paths drip with abundance.  (Psalm 65:11, NKJV) 

Perspective is everything when engaging Scripture and partaking of the Christian life.  The person who is waiting on God with great hope realizes that the Lord has both extended mercy and will bless abundantly the believer.  This is because the disciple is on the path that a loving Father shows him to walk day in and day out.  The Hebrew word for mercy means goodness, kindness, and faithfulness.  This describes God’s attitude to us when He extends mercy to us.  Mercy is an act of goodness and kindness to us because we deserve to be banished from His presence.  The Lord chose to make a way for us to be acceptable though He is a holy God.  Through the blood of Jesus God receives us into a relationship as though we had never sinned; justice was satisfied and we were declared righteous.  The Lord has extended mercy to us – why?  Mercy is given to us because He is faithful to His Person.  In His love God is good and kind and He provided a way to extend mercy to us though He is holy and we are not because of sin.  The person who waits on God can accept this because he knows that it is only because God is who He is that we have the opportunity to be His and to be upon His path for us.

Mercy tends to be easily understood by the seasoned Christian.  The next concept to be seen alongside God’s mercy is His desiring to bless us abundantly.  The word for abundance in the Hebrew means fatness or blessing, generally in relation to a sacrifice.  God desires to bless us is plainly taught in Scripture.  The beatitudes that began this study start with blessed are.  Jesus came to give us abundant life (John 10:10).  This word for abundance is very appropriate in pointing out both God’s desire to bless and His means of blessing us.  He blesses us because of a sacrifice.  By the sacrifice of the Lamb of God we are blessed for all eternity.  The fat of the Lamb is a sweet savor (Ephesians 5:2) in the nostrils of the Lord because it pleased God to bruise the Messiah (Isaiah 53:10) and offer Him as the one and only Sacrifice (Hebrews 7:27).  Sin is completely put away by the sacrifice of Christ (Hebrews 9:26).  The person who waits on God with great hope recognizes this truth.  Abundance is available and is poured out on us only because God prepared the sacrifice to make it possible.  We are never deserving of abundance outside of Christ’s work.

Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God.  (2 Corinthians 3:5, NASB)

Waiting includes prayerful meditation.  Meditating upon Scripture involves reading, digesting, contemplating, and most importantly praying about the Scriptures before you.  Gain the perspective by prayerfully meditating upon the following passages addressed in this lesson.  Perspective is everything.  Wait on God with hope.

Psalm 26:10, Psalm 65:11, Isaiah 53:10, John 10:10, 2 Corinthians 3:5, Ephesians 5:2, Hebrews 7:27, and Hebrews 9:26.

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