In the Eyes of Everia young adult Christian fantasy series, author Serena Chase coins the phrase ‘Embral E’Veria,’ which is translated, unlimited power governed by unquenchable love. This idea, attributable only to the Divine, contrasts with the view expressed by the historian Lord Acton, who once stated that “power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.”
After King David sinned by conducting a census for egotistical purposes, God told him through the prophet Gad, “I will give you three choices. Choose one of these punishments and I will inflict it on you…you may choose three years of famine, three months of destruction by the sword of your enemies, or three days of severe plague as the angel of the LORD brings devastation throughout the land of Israel” (1 Chronicles 21:9-12). David picked the third option, crying “let me fall into the hands of the Lord, for his mercy is very great. Do not let me fall into human hands” (1 Chronicles 21:13).
Having encountered his fair share of powerful men – Goliath the giant, King Saul, Achish (King of Gath) – David knew that power and cruelty tended to go hand in hand as far as mankind was concerned. But he also knew that was not the case with God. David’s experience of the Almighty was inextricably linked to His love, mercy and grace. When faced with a decision of judgment from man or God, the choice was clear.
Like David, we may find ourselves on the wrong end of sinful behavior. While God promises to forgive all confessed sin, we cannot escape the consequences of our actions. But this knowledge need not consume us with dread or fear. We can trust that God, the all powerful judge, also overflows with a heavenly father’s love. Therefore, “though [we] stumble, [we] will never fall, for the Lord holds [us] by the hand.” (Psalm 37:24)