“Great is your faithfulness. Your mercies are new every morning.”
These amazing words of hope and assurance were literally penned in the middle of one of Israel’s most devastating seasons. Jeremiah, the prophet wrote these words as he was lamenting.
Jeremiah said when he thought about his problems, his affliction, his lack he became depressed and hopeless. He felt as if his future was gone (Lamenatations 3:18&19).
But when he stopped focusing on his problems and began to focus on God’s goodness, his hope returned.
I have a mountain in front of me. Last night, as I focused on the mountain, I could feel the anxiousness rise. I started to feel the heaviness physically. My neck began to hurt because of the stress.
But as I stood in the shower, feeling overwhelmed, I had this thought, “anxious is not who I am.”
So like Jeremiah, I took my mind off my problem and I remembered God’s faithfulness. God began to sing over me these words from a Travis Green song, “I am good. You are loved. Please remember. I am good. You are loved.”
Are you lamenting today? Is your mind filled with all of your struggles? Are you recalling all of the ways you feel as if God has disappointed you? Can I encourage you to do me a favor?
Derail the train of thought which focuses on your problems by doing what Jeremiah did. Call to mind God’s faithfulness, His unfailing love, His morning fresh mercies. Declare what Jeremiah said in the middle of his trauma:
“Yet I call this to mind, and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s faithful love we do not perish, for his mercies never end. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness! I say, “The Lord is my portion, therefore I will put my hope in him.” The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the person who seeks him. It is good to wait quietly for salvation from the Lord.”
Lamentations 3:21-26 CSB