I’m gladly reminded every morning by God’s waiting mercies that I have not arrived and that He still loves me. He loves me in spite of the day before AND the day ahead. The Scriptures declare:
Lamentations 3:22–24 (ESV) — 22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; 23 they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. 24 “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”
It’s as if God gets up every morning before us (yes, I know He never sleeps) and brews a full pot of mercies. Why does He do this?
- His steadfast love never ceases. Never means never in the Hebrew. This is owing to His character, not ours. He is faithful when we are faithless
- 2 Timothy 2:13 (ESV) — 13 if we are faithless, he remains faithful— for he cannot deny himself.
- His mercies are preemptive AND responsive. We need mercy the minute we wake and before we have even done anything. This ought to humble us into never thinking that we only need grace after we screw up. We need preemptive grace before we even set out for the day.
- The LORD is our portion. Just as we need food before we put our hands to the tasks of the day, so also we need a fresh provision of mercy to sustain us as our portion.
- By default we are prideful and self-sufficient folks who grow weary when we realize that we fail miserably in spite of our best intentions. The default reaction is one of despair, of throwing in the towel. Such a response ignores the mercies of God that ought to sustain hope in the midst of our circumstances. The mercies of God beget a disposition of hope.
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