Key Scripture: Lamentations 3:21-24 “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; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”
For those who love the Lord, looking out on the world and ceaselessly seeing the destruction caused by sin can be sorrowful, mournful, overwhelming, grief-filled, and heartbreaking. We see our family, friends, neighbors, and strangers living blindly and destructively by their rejection of God and His beautiful offer of salvation through Jesus. We may have been praying for years for some of these people. We may feel hopeless for them. Jeremiah felt this way over his nation he loved deeply. He wept and mourned bitterly over their unrepentant sin and rejection of God, which ultimately led to the destruction of Judah.
However, Jeremiah knew the love of the Father. In Lamentations 3:21- 24 (above), he finds hope in the knowledge that God’s mercies are new every morning. In verses 25-26, he reassures us that the Lord is good to those who wait for him and his salvation. This is a great encouragement for us as believers praying for those we love. Every morning, we can wake with joy and thankfulness that the Lord’s mercies are new. We can choose to pray again for those we know and love with the hope of His faithfulness to bring salvation.
Questions to Consider:
Do you wake in the morning with thankfulness in knowing that God’s mercies are new?
- Heavenly Father, please send your Spirit to me every morning to fill me with thankfulness for your new mercies. It is only by your steadfast grace and mercy and love that I can be encouraged every day and walk in the hope of your faithfulness.
Lamentations 3:25-26 “The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.”