Monday, June 22, 2015

Lamentations 3:22-33 God’s Mercies are New Every Morning

KEY TEXT: Lam 3:31-33 For the Lord will not cast off forever, but, though he cause grief, he will have compassion according to the abundance of his steadfast love; for he does not willingly afflict or grieve the children of men.

KEY THOT: The Lord sometime allows us to face the consequences of our choices. In the case of Judah and Jerusalem, the final destruction came after almost five hundreds years of prophetic warnings. But God’s patience ran out for Israel and Judah: he allowed the Assyrians in 722 BC to destroy Israel and the Babylonians in 587 BC to overrun Judah and Jerusalem. Jeremiah lived to see the devastation and deportation of Jews by the Babylonians. Judah's national disaster is a result of the choices of the people, not God's will. But in the midst of the consequences of our bad choice, God will continue to show compassion.

Jeremiah writes: “But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end” (Lam 3:21-22). Instead of focusing on the circumstances and asking, “Why Lord?” he simply refocuses on the Lord’s steadfast love and mercies--and regains his hope. He knows that though God sometimes unwillingly allows His people to suffer the consequences of their choices (despite his warnings), but he does not abandon them. 

God’s desire is to bless me, not cause grief in my life. However, if I make choices contrary to His will as revealed in his Word, I will suffer the consequences of my bad choices. When bad things are happening to me, it’s not “God punishing me” but I am reaping the consequences of my wrong choices. Jeremiah makes that clear: “for he does not willingly afflict or grieve the children of men” (v.33). God’s desire is to bless; and if I keep his commands, I will experience his steadfast love and mercies every morning.

If I am to always wake up with hope, I must learn to keep my eyes focused on the God’s steadfast love and mercies every morning, not on the circumstances—and give thanks for His compassion on His children.

Father, thank You for Your steadfast love and mercies this morning. For they are ever new and I can trust in Your mercies for today’s challenge. Amen.

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