Scripture reference: LAMENTATIONS 3:22 and 23
“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.”
Yesterday I cried …
A surprising hurt sliced into my day … unexpected … handled poorly by me … knocking out some pillars that had held me in place …
We’ve all had those hurts… although they arrive in different forms.
When these hurts come – they can knock us to our knees – hopefully before our Lord. As Christians we not only have joy but we have grief, just as everyone else in the world. The Lord in His wisdom did not raise up a people for Himself who live in a bubble where no pain touches, or a people with an “easy” button, or endless blessing that distinguishes us. Rather our Lord provides for us at every storm a way to continue walking, to look up, to see Him.
NUMBERS 21: 4 – 8: An impatient, grumbling nation of Israel spoke against God in the desert and poisonous snakes were sent among them. As they repented, Moses prayed for the people. But rather than the Lord wiping out the snakes, He instructed Moses to make a bronze snake and put it on a pole where the people could look up if they were bitten and live.
A vague foreshadowing of things to come?
It isn’t a perfect life that marks a Christian.
It isn’t a trouble-free existence that marks a Christian.
It is the “looking up” that marks a Christian.
LAMENTATIONS tells us that because of the Lord’s great love … we are not consumed.
Not when an illness strikes
Not when family disappoints
Not when we totally blow the situation
Not when a friend deserts us
Not when death faces us
THE LORD’S COMPASSIONS NEVER FAIL …THEY ARE NEW EVERY MORNING
Yesterday I cried … but this is a new morning of the Lord’s great faithfulness.