Mercy For Today

"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 3:23-24

This scripture of hope and praise comes from the book of Lamentations (literally the book of expressing pain and grief). The book of Lamentations is about going through a painful time, but with hope in God. The author had hope during a dark, scary, and sad time.

Biblical scholar Matthew Henry calls this the prayer of the afflicted: [W]hen he is overwhelmed, and pours out his complaint before the Lord; for it is very feelingly and fluently that the complaint is here poured out."

We see the author being reminded of who God is; by remembering God's character it gave him hope, the hope he needed to keep going. We can always have hope.

God is a planner, He always has a plan. He has plans for the day; for each day He creates there is a plan. We don't know what the day will hold, but we know that each day comes with its own worries. Jesus even said it in Matthew 6:34, "Sufficient for the day is its own trouble." Each day is full of something.

We sometimes bring the worries of other days into today; thus, overlooking the worries of today: overlooking what needs our attention, overlooking what's in front of us, overlooking what today's mercies need to be used on.

Where are we placing this mercy? Where are we spending our grace?

In a time where all we know is what we have for today, we are reminded of our lack of control, our limits of planning, and we are at the mercy of God's plans.

We are in a time of slowing down; the whole world is forced to take a break, take a knee, take off the loads you would normally carry every day and rest in the place you call home.

This may be new for you, to be home for so long, you're finally getting to know it. You are being given the chance to create your home, turn it into a haven rather than just a place to turn in for the day.

God's mercies are never ending, yet, it is new every morning. The fact that it's new every morning shows us that He provides the right portion of mercy every day. Each day will come with things that need grace and mercy, but we have what is sufficient for that day. When we overwhelm our minds with extra things, we experience burnout because we have run out of mercy and grace. Where are we putting our mercy and grace? Are we being wasteful with the mercy and grace that we can give?


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