Lord, I have heard the report about You; Lord, I stand in awe of Your deeds. Revive Your work in these years; make it known in these years. In your wrath remember mercy! Habakkuk 3:2 HCSB
Mercy hospital ships provide free lifesaving surgeries for people where medical care is nearly non-existent. Nearly 50% of all people in Africa have no access to a hospital or doctor. So the Africa Mercy ship brings volunteer medical teams and sterile operating rooms directly to people who would otherwise go without care. It’s the world’s largest civilian hospital ship providing state-of-the-art care to those in desperate need—free of charge.
The Africa Mercy ship provides hope for many who seemingly have no hope. Habakkuk realized and accepted that the people of Judah deserved some discipline from God. In this verse Habakkuk is asking God for help and mercy. Just like a good parent disciplines his children, God disciplines those He loves. The discipline is designed to bring His children back to Him. Just as the Africa Mercy ship is the only hope for many children with medical conditions, God is our only hope for any mercy. We deserve the wrath of a holy God but because of His great love for us, He has mercy and provides a way for us to have eternal life through His Son, Jesus Christ.
Challenge: When God’s discipline comes your way, gladly accept it and ask Him to help you change. Understand that God’s discipline is an expression of His love for you. Pray that God will show mercy toward you. Read Hebrews 12:5-6.