11/14/17 Renewed Mercies

READING: Lamentations 3-5, Hebrews 10:19-39

“Because of the Lord’s faithful love we do not perish, for His mercies never end.”

Lamentations 3:23

Imagine the scene with me. We’ve all been there. 

Today was a rough day.  You wanted to be fully faithful to God, but it didn’t happen. You expressed your frustration over your spouse’s actions in a way that was not God-honoring. You lost the battle with lust in your mind. Jealousy consumed you when your co-worker got the position you knew you were going to get. You heard through the grapevine that your church fellowship is about to erupt in division. Your teenage child is making decisions you know will lead to trouble, but he’s not listening to you. Sure, you read the Word and prayed, but both were perfunctory and ritualistic; neither really turned your attention to God.

Sleep would have been a welcomed escape, but it never came. Your mind wouldn’t stop racing to the wrongs of the day. Your heart would never settle into the peace that God intended. Every minute of sleep was fitful, leading to even more exhaustion. Though his grief was likely much deeper than yours, you could cry with the writer of Lamentations, “My soul has been deprived of peace” (Lam. 3:17).

But then the morning comes . . . .

And God still adores you with His “faithful love” (Lam. 3:22). Your yesterdays may have been marked by unfaithfulness to Him, but still He remains committed to you. With the rising of the sun, He renews His compassion for you, granting you mercy undeserved.

It is thus right to say, “I will put my hope in Him” (Lam. 3:24). It is right to seek Him in this new day.

ACTION STEPS: 

  • Let go of yesterday’s sin as you accept God’s forgiveness.  
  • Seek Him with all your being today.

PRAYER: “God, I’m so grateful for your compassion You extend to me today.”

TOMORROW’S READING:  Ezekiel 1-2, Hebrews 11:1-19