But This I Call To Mind

“But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: the steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” –Lamentations 3:21-23

How long do we dwell in difficult circumstances before we finally come to the But realization? How long do we allow our Christian cohorts to do the same before we speak this But truth to them? For some, only hours. For others, years. The wasted time! In the first 20 verses of Lamentations 3, the prophet Jeremiah describes the terrible state of the people and land of Judah: utter destruction following a war, idolatry, immorality, and (because of these things) the feeling of complete separation from God. Life was not exactly hunky-dory, and it seems that after years in this state both Jeremiah and the people of Judah had reached the bottom of the barrel, emotionally and spiritually. But…*

You may not have just been demolished by an opposing army or on your knees worshipping some stone (that never responds), but maybe you work with or for someone who drives you batty every single day. Or maybe your marriage is struggling. Or you recently lost a loved one. Or you just don’t have anything in life to be excited about. All of these things – both major and minute – can create separation between us and our heavenly Father if we allow it. But…*

Jeremiah hits us with that BUT as he recalls a truth that we’ve always known but we often forget: the Lord’s love for us and mercy toward us are not only always there, but they are brand-spanking new every single day, amidst and despite our circumstances! My job is the worst*, BUT I have a hope, and it is in the constancy of our Lord. The bills might be too much this month*, BUT I know my God loves and cares for me, so I have hope in His provision. I am afraid of what the future holds*, BUT the Lord’s mercies for me individually are new every morning, so I will praise Him! Can we challenge ourselves to say, “This is my situation, but I have hope…” and claim the truth of God’s personal, unending love and mercy? Then we can sing our song daily: Great is your faithfulness, Lord, unto me!*
* denotes phrases/sentences that should be italicized.

Lord Jesus,
We praise you for this promise of hope that we cannot find anywhere else. May we learn to greet your new mercies each morning with thankfulness and worship. The world will fail us, Lord, but your faithfulness to us is never ending; thank you, for Your consistency. We love you, Jesus, because You first loved us.

By Sally, Virginia