His Mercies Are New Every Morning
The city of Jerusalem lay in ruins, the people of Judah were either dead, in despair, or under deportation, and a prophet (possibly Jeremiah), launched into a lament. A lament that reveals a heavy weight of sorrow, grief, misery, barrenness and pain being endured by a sinful nation. Yet in the midst of these words of reproof and instruction, God delivers a clear message of hope to His people through His prophet.
“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning, great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3: 22 – 23 (NIV.) What words of hope they must have been for Judah, what a blessing to know that God’s promise remains the same for us today, “His compassions (His mercies) are new every morning.” Words that remind us that despite a world of woe or our personal struggles, we have the opportunity to be in relationship with a loving, unfailing, faithful God who will guide us through hard times to new and exciting experiences.
2015 was another year when our world, our nation, for the most part turned its back on God and His ways. No wonder most mornings we woke up to media reports of terror, troubles, tragedies and traumas. When one watched the news these type of events were always to the forefront. A terrorist attack somewhere in the world! An all-consuming bushfire on one side of our nation, an inundating flood on the other, and a destructive tornado overseas all on the same day. Even the weather highlighted extreme heatwaves, the threat of a cyclone or Coldstream again being targeted for its cold winter nights!
It’s the broken world we live in, and from a worldly perspective 2016 has no prospect of improvement. But when our faith is firmly grounded in Jesus, we face this new year with a completely different world view. The world may still be broken, the news may be mainly adverse, but God has promised “we will not be consumed.” Each day contains its challenges, pressures and troubles, yet God has something better for those who are His, He wants to take those adverse situations and turn them into triumphs. His desire is to pour His love and mercy into our lives so that each new day is full of exciting opportunities and rewarding experiences.
In the midst of our daily struggles, Jesus commends us to rest in His mercy and grace. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11: 28 (NIV). In doing so, we will experience His love, faithfulness and compassion in a whole new way and be refreshed for the journey ahead in 2016.