“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.
I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion;
therefore I will wait for him.”
Just visiting this verse over and over again, makes my soul JUMP with excitement! WOO HOO! However, when it comes down to the nitty gritty, everyday practices of an everyday, ordinary life it seems SO out of reach and out of touch for today’s modern human. Quite honestly, reading through the book of Lamentations is rather depressing. I mean, there’s A LOT of bad stuff happening… Just in the beginning of chapter 3 we see the prophet Jeremiah (who is often referred to as the “weeping prophet”) writing stuff like, “He has made my skin and my flesh grow old and has broken my bones” (vs. 4). And in verses 16 & 17, “He has broken my teeth with gravel; he has trampled me in the dust. I have been deprived of peace; I have forgotten what prosperity is.” Talk about a ROTTEN day, week, month, and YEAR!! But, if even the “Weeping Prophet” had hope, I’m POSITIVE that this hope is available to us as well! All of this ugly, heart-breaking destruction is surrounding him, but he declares, “Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope.” WOOOOOO, I get all jittery when I hear that!
Let me unpack this passage by walking through some words that encouraged & challenged me:
“Not consumed…” I don’t *have* to be overwhelmed by life’s circumstances. Troubles, trials, and temptations will surely follow me as long as I live, BUT I don’t have to be overtaken by them, focusing worry and anxiety on those things. I don’t have to live “consumed” because He loves me SO much.
“Compassions are NEW every morning…” Well, if HIS compassions are NEW every morning, then perhaps mine should be as well. OUCH, right? Too often, I want to hold on to grudges and complaints, remembering the pains of the past. Too often, I remember what my husband or kids did the day before, and wake up feeling defeated before even beginning. May I recall HIS great faithfulness in the morning, and as I awake each day, may MY mercy and compassion be renewed!
“Portion…wait for Him…” He’s all I *should* need. I *should* wait for Him. These things a good, Christian girl should know, right? Sometimes, I MAJORLY fail at this. I put other things/people before Him. I’m impatient at waiting for His time and want to rush through. May I be obedient when He reminds me of this incredible truth.
I will leave now with my MOST favorite song by Sara Groves. As we walk through valleys or even on the mountaintop, may our voices ring strong, “He’s ALWAYS been faithful to me.”