Wednesday, May 30, 2012

2012 May 30 - Morning Manna

Remembering mine affliction and my misery, the wormwood and the gall. My soul hath them still in remembrance, and is humbled in me. This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD (Lamentations 3:19-26).
Today's Morsel: This passage in the book of Lamentations, like so many others in the Word of God, has become my mainstay. Jeremiah seems to hit on many facets of life with His writings. He seems to grease the wheel with each word and story. He seems to captivate us with scriptures that cause us to ponder on the goodness and mercy of God. Even though his writings are during the captivity of Israel, he still shows God's faithfulness and goodness in the times of captivity, pain, and suffering. After he poured out his own pain to God, he reflected upon God's faithfulness. He said, "It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning." What could possibly deliver him from this terrible anguish that he was going through other than to understand the goodness and faithfulness of God. Like Jeremiah, we too should understand that nothing except the mercy of a gracious and loving God can aid us in the times of hardship and suffering. God's love is always unfailing, His purpose is always clear; His righteousness is unquestionable, and His compassions are renewed daily. When we come to God with our pain, we are sure to get a fair hearing because He is a righteous Judge. In His mercy and grace, God will help us overcome our setbacks and gain a new perspective on life when we seek Him. The writer of Hebrews admonishes us, "Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted"(Hebrews 2:17-18). "For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need"(Hebrews 4:15-16). Always remember, it is of the Lord's mercies that you are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning.
Sing: Great is Thy faithfulness! Great is Thy faithfulness! Morning by morning new mercies I see. All I have needed Thy hand hast provided. Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me.

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