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 3:22-23
As we commence 2020, I cannot help but commence this devotional than with the mercies of God. For the only reason why we can begin this day, this year, and this decade is through the mercies of God. In seeing the mercies of God, we can see how He has been merciful to us in the past. We can see it in our everyday lives. And although some days are more difficult than others, or seasons, or years- God has been merciful whether you feel it or not. You are alive and that is a good thing for God has brought you this far which is merciful. For He has been merciful through Christ, who shed His blood and died for our sins so that we would be raised with Him unto everlasting life. We can complain about what we don’t have or how life didn’t go our way in the past few years, but remember we deserve nothing to begin with- only death, condemnation, and hell. But Our Lord in His great mercy reconciles you to Himself, which is an extension of His everlasting love.
We can also see how He is merciful to us in the present. The fact that you woke up to today is through the mercy of God. His Word is always at hand, His Spirit ready to indwell and empower, His Son interceding for you in His given moment, and God the Father is present with you everywhere you go for He holds you in His hands. He will never leave you nor forsake you this day, nor any other day. And should we fall this day (and we will), God shows mercy. Just cry out to Him!
Lastly, we will see how He will be merciful in the future. Again, every day brings new mercies. So you will encounter new mercies tomorrow, next week, next month, next year, and beyond. For the believer, it is reassuring to know that no matter what, one can rest in the mercies of God. For the unbeliever, it is hopeful for He still calls sinners home should the Lord tarry. Don’t delay. Embrace God’s mercies today. Rest in His mercies. Fear not, don’t think God as unmerciful. For He is the same, yesterday, today and forever and so His mercies are forever. Therefore, commence this year/decade under the steadfast mercies of the Lord. Happy New Years!
Praise the Lord, His mercy is more!
Stronger than darkness
New every morn’
Our sins, they are many
His mercy is more