For many of us life probably looks a lot like it did three weeks ago. For others of us maybe we started a new job, a new set of classes, or have launched into our new year’s resolutions.
Whether there is success or failure in those endeavors, I want to remind you of what is new every morning no matter what:
God’s compassion and His mercies.
Lamentations 3:21 “‘This I recall to my mind, therefore I have hope. Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. The LORD is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘Therefore I hope in Him!’” ~Lamentations 3:21~
I had a conversation with someone recently, and the perspective this person was bringing to the conversation was that they were too far gone for God to fix and that God would not want them anyway. They felt that somehow they were particularly unworthy of God’s love.
God knows us even better than we know ourselves. Does He detest our sin? Yes, of course He does, because a life with sin is not the life He wants for any of us. But does He detest us? No!
“But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ . . .” ~Ephesians 2:4~
When you fail and you are tempted to tell yourself that it is pointless to start again and that you are unworthy of His help, I want you to remind yourself “His compassions fail not.”
Living the Christian life is kind of like learning to swim.
You can refuse to get in the water at all because maybe you will sink or because maybe He will ask you to swim something hard or somewhere you think is too far, but that refusal will mean you will never swim at all.
Or maybe you willingly get in the water, but then the moment the going gets tough you throw up your hands and say, “I can’t,” and you refuse His help because if you cannot do it by yourself you feel unworthy, which means you will go under.
Or when the going gets tough and you realize you are sinking, even if it’s for the hundredth time, you can grab onto Jesus and say, “Help me!” and He will compassionately extend His hand to support you and teach you another means of swimming through the waves.
Challenge: Hope in Him and trust Him, because when you live in His truths you will find that His mercies are new every morning to help you through the waves.