“The faithful love of the Lord never ends!
His mercies never cease.
Great is his faithfulness;
His mercies begin afresh each morning.”
Jeremiah was depressed, as gloomy as a giraffe with a neck ache. Jerusalem was under siege, his nation under duress. His world collapsed like a sand castle in a typhoon. He faulted God for his horrible emotional distress. He also blamed God for his physical ailments. “He (God) has made my flesh and my skin waste away, and broken my bones” (Lamentations 3:4 RSV)
His body ached. His heart was sick. His faith was puny…He realized how fast he was sinking, so he shifted his gaze. “But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies come to an end; they are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness. ‘The Lord is my portion’, says my soul, ‘therefore I will hope in Him’ “(vv 21-24 RSV)
“But this I call to mind…” Depressed, Jeremiah altered his thoughts, shifted his attention. He turned His eyes away from his stormy world and looked into the wonder of God. He quickly recited a quintet of promises. (I can imagine him tapping these out on the five fingers of His hand)
- The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases.
- His mercies never come to an end.
- They are new every morning.
- Great is thy faithfulness.
- The Lord is my portion.
The storm didn’t cease but his discouragement did.
Thank You, precious Savior, that Your love is steadfast. Thank you that your mercies are new every morning. Thank You for your great faithfulness, not only to me but to all your people from the first day of creation. When I am tempted to become distressed, may I choose to gaze on You. May I remember that you are my portion. May I hope in Your unceasing love, amen.
This devotion is taken from Live Loved by Max Lucado, a licensed title from OMF Literature.
These devotions by best-selling author Max Lucado will calm your soul and nourish your heart. You can live the way God intended. Features excerpts from his most recent inspirational books, focusing on the ideas of steadfast, perfect, wise and merciful love, and “loved to love others”