Words From The Heart: Special Weekly Reflection #27
“But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: 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 3:21-23 (ESV)
If there is a phrase that marks our Covid-19 world its “new normal.” We’ve been living with this pandemic for the past seven months, and we still don’t know what the new normal will look like. Schools are still trying to figure out what the long term implications of Covid-19 will be. Far too many businesses remain tentative. The medical community continues to wrestle with daily counts and giving the best advice to political decision makers. Many of you check your local update every morning to see how many cases you have locally.
It isn’t just the pandemic situation that is new every morning. Jeremiah the prophet wrote a book of lament called Lamentations. One Bible commentator described the book of Lamentations as “a virtually unbroken string of laments.” There is one break, and it is glaring. Lamentations 3:21-23 says this: “But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
In the midst of a book load of laments, Jeremiah is reminded of God’s faithfulness. In Jeremiah’s case, God is speaking judgment upon Israel and Judah. In the midst of the judgment, the prophet is reminded that God still loves His people, and cares for them. They are on His mind, and while He will use judgment to get their attention, He will never turn His back on them. His mercy is new every morning. What a beautiful description of a “new normal.” In God’s case, what is normal is God’s daily “new.”
None of us know what the pandemic “new normal” will be. We don’t know what the world will look like when this is under control. But we do know that God’s daily “new normal” doesn’t depend on what is happening in the world globally, or in our own lives. His mercies are new every morning because by nature He is faithful.
In a world that seems to be changing daily, the nature of our God remains the same. We can trust Him to love us, and stand by us. Even when He is working in our lives to transform us, even when He is trying to get our attention and when He convicts us of sin, we can count on His daily new mercies and His unchanging faithfulness.
There is undoubtedly more going on in your life than just the pandemic. You will need His mercies today, and you will need to trust in His faithfulness. You can do so with complete confidence.
There is a place of lament. You can cry out to the Lord Jesus in those moments when life is challenging. Psalm 34:18 says that the Lord draws close to the brokenhearted. Pour out your lament to Him. And as you do, you will experience His fresh mercies and His never ending faithfulness.
I’m Bob Beasley, and these have been words from the heart.