Wednesday 28th November
“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, His mercies never come to an end. They are new every morning, new every morning, great is Thy faithfulness O Lord, great is Thy faithfulness.” Robert Davidson: 1974
A few years ago whilst in a low period of my life a friend of mine sent me a text message with this verse. It pointed not in the direction of my circumstance but towards a faithful God. It encouraged my soul greatly, however it is not until recently that I fully understood this text in all its fullness. Looking at this text as it is, the believer can be encouraged at these words but when understood in its full context, the writings deepen in value and meaning.
Jeremiah was the most probable author of the book of lamentations. It was written in the time of Gods judgement towards Judah at the hands of the Babylonians. This book is a book of prayer and laments at what Judah had become. The captivity had been prophesied about for many years yet Jeremiah was still filled with great pain and sorrow. The first few chapters start with Jeremiahs lament at the condition of Jerusalem. His words are so deep and so full of sorrow. A once great and prosperous city where the temple of the Most High stood in boldness, a place where the Lord dwelt, was now in disastrous ruins. His mourning was even more sorrowful as he himself had begged with Judah to repent and turn from their ways to prevent Gods righteous judgement towards them.
In a situation where all hope was lost, Jeremiah found himself encouraging his soul with these words in today’s reading. The NLT says in verse 21 ‘Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this.’ Jeremiah had to shake himself from the ground and remember what a faithful God he had. He says of the Lord in the next few verses that because of His faithfulness and His tender mercies they would not be totally consumed. He knew that God had promised that captivity was only for a time and he encouraged himself with this truth (Jeremiah 32:37-41). Jeremiah says in verse 23, “Great is His faithfulness. His mercies are new every morning”. In the midst of turmoil, persecution, captivity, total destruction and ruin, Jeremiah knew that Gods mercy would prevail. He encouraged himself and his readers knowing that the Lord wanted the best for His children and that God, at the start of His judgement towards Judah had already began the plan of Salvation and freedom.
What a great reminder to us today. Are you going through something in your life that you think has no end or that there is not a glimmer of hope? Then your eyes should be fixated not on your situation but on God faithfulness. When our focus is on God and His Faithfulness, He becomes bigger and our problems become smaller. Know you are His child and live in His hope, joy and love.
“If we are faithless, He will remain faithful, for He cannot disown Himself.”
2 Timothy 2:13