"Lord Grant Mercy..."
“Lord Grant Mercy…”
In his writing to churches and individuals, Paul often let them know what was happening with him personally.
Remember, Paul is led by the Spirit in his writing.
The Spirit of God “left” this information for us.
In his writings Paul provides great detail about situation, circumstance, successes, failures, struggles, concerns and the like.
He does so without petulance.
He does not complain.
He does not whine.
He is not crying out “oh, woe is me”.
He is simply letting folk know...often for prayer, for intercession.
We as a Body would do well to pay attention to such.
We need to live in like manner, trusting one another.
Sadly, most believers live lives of concealment before one another.
Note what he shares with Timothy.
2 Timothy 1:15-18
15 You are aware of the fact that all who are in Asia turned away from me, among whom are Phygelus and Hermogenes.
16 The Lord grant mercy to the house of Onesiphorus, for he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains;
17 but when he was in Rome, he eagerly searched for me and found me—
18 the Lord grant to him to find mercy from the Lord on that day—and you know very well what services he rendered at Ephesus.
Paul had people turn away from him.
Apparently, people who had been with him, now turned away.
He says “all who are in Asia”.
We do not know who “all” is, but he does name Phygelus and hermogenes.
Certainly this was troublesome to Paul.
Certainly it hurt personally.
Yet, he pressed on.
Paul then asks the Lord to grant mercy to the house of Onesiphorus
- refreshed Paul
- was not ashamed of Paul’s chains
- eagerly sought for Paul in Rome and found him
- rendered services at Ephesus
Paul desired the Lord’s mercy upon the house of Onesiphorus. Now.
Paul desired the Lord’s mercy to be granted upon Onesiphorus himself “on that day”.
On that day?
Yep...it is everywhere.
On the “Day of the Lord” and all that is entailed with the Lord’s Parousia.
May the same mercy be upon us.