Scripture:  IChronicles 16:34

"O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good; for his mercy endureth forever."

Have you ever been in a difficult situation and said to yourself, "how long is this going to last"? The bad news is that we may not know how long a bad situation is going to last. The good news is that we do know that it will not outlast MERCY. The situation will end before mercy runs out. How do we know that; because mercy endureth forever.

The phrase "His mercy endureth forever" is repeated forty-two times in Scripture. From 1 Chronicles 16:34 all the way to Jeremiah 33:11 there is a consistent repetition that his mercy endureth forever so that we may never have space to wonder.

"Endureth forever" is actually one Hebrew word which refers to the past and the future. It teaches that antiquity is not older than mercy and futurity will not outlive it. Mercy was the motivation that caused God to say "let there be" and it will be the clerk who reads the verdict "well done" when we stand before Him in eternity. 

Charles Spurgeon said "Our sinnership is that emptiness into which the Lord pours his mercy". If the two were weighed in a balance, mercy would always outweigh our sins. Even the anger of God is limited by his mercy. Psalm 30:5 reads "For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favour [mercy] lasts a lifetime". Thank God that his mercy endureth forever.