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Be Still

To the best of your ability, get rid of all distractions. Take a couple of minutes to breathe deeply, to quiet yourself in the Lord’s presence. Then, prayerfully ask the Lord to speak to you in this time and let Him know that you will be listening and will make whatever adjustments He will reveal to you.

Today’s Bible Reading:

Lamentations 3:1-66
Hebrews 1:1-14
Psalm 102:1-28
Proverbs 26:21-22

Listen to the Lord

Slowly and reflectively read the following verses and listen to what God will say to you through them. Then, consider writing down any insights He reveals to you.

Lamentations 3:22-23 (NLT): “The faithful love of the LORD never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.”

Reflections from Scripture:

The words in Lamentations 3:22-23 are as refreshing as a cold glass of water on a hot summer’s day. Consuming them brings great delight to our spirit.

In them, the prophet Jeremiah acknowledged that God’s faithful love for him and His people “never ceases.” God’s faithful, loyal love is like a mighty river that flows past God’s people and yet continues to come as they swim in it.

Further, the prophet acknowledges that God’s “mercies never come to an end.” God’s mercies are those delightful things that He sends our way. Maybe He gives us something good that we don’t deserve, or He withholds something undesirable that we do deserve. Our God acts toward us in a way that is far from what our sinful lives deserve.

The prophet acknowledges that God’s faithful love and His mercies “are new every morning.” He pointed out the fact that every day is a new day. Regardless of how good we felt that God was to us yesterday, He has more love and mercy to send to us today. 

Then, the writer celebrates God’s faithfulness. “Great is your faithfulness.” The prophet sat in wonder and gratitude at how loyal God was to him and His people, especially in light of their sinfulness. No matter how many times their actions would have seemed to drive God away, He refused to leave them.

Friend, God hasn’t changed. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). So, when we read of God’s love and His mercies that the prophet celebrated, you can guarantee that God’s love and mercies are still just as plentiful.

Whether or not we experience them depends upon whether we place ourselves in their path. While God is generally loving and merciful to everyone (John 3:16), it is especially true of those who belong to Him (John 13:1; etc.). 

So, are you saved? And, if so, are you living in obedience to Him and His Word? If so, then you are “under the spout where the glory comes out.” Enjoy! 

Spend Time in Prayer

Lord Jesus, I am periodically reminded of how easy it is to receive good things and yet not notice them. My mind and heart might be in a bad place, so I don’t experience Your love and mercy given to me. Help me, Lord Jesus, to have the eyes, ears, and heart to see, experience, and enjoy Your goodness to me today. As an act of faith, I’m going to thank You in advance right now for the wonderful things that You have in store for me today. Even when bad things come my way, I will look for Your loving provision to help me through it. I pray this in Your Name, Amen.

Matt Ellis is the pastor of First Baptist Church in Polk City, Florida (fbcpolkcity.com). His latest book is God’s Grace in the Real World. Connect with him on FacebookTwitter, or LinkedIn.

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