Have you thought about taking the time to write out all you have gone through in your life-time so far and how you were able to walk through it with God?
In Lamentations, Jeremiah writes about what he was going through. He suffered from captivity and depression. But then in the middle of his suffering, he still acknowledges the abundant mercy and steadfast love of God.
The faithful love of the Lord never ends, his mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness, his blessings are new every morning.
The Hebrew word translated here mercy is used 250 times in the Old Testament. It is an all-inclusive term for God’s love, goodness, forgiveness, compassion, and faithfulness. Even in the bleakness of God’s discipline, there was hope. Judah would not be permanently destroyed, but ultimately restored.
Throughout the history of mankind in Scripture, God’s unmistakable pattern is seen over and over again: disobedience brings consequences, but confession always brings forgiveness and renewal. When Jeremiah meditated on this, he remembered that God had many mercies available all over again, every single day. This section ends with a powerful statement: “Great is your faithfulness.”
How about you? Has there been a loss in your life? Have you seen disaster in your home or family? Have you experienced heartbreak of any kind? If so, be encouraged. As you lift your head like Jeremiah and look up, you will see the triumph of Christ on the horizon. God will take the damage you have suffered and turn it into gain. God is your portion. No matter what has occurred in your life, He is your eternal inheritance, lasting measure, and life share. We live in a world filled with broken promises and disappointment, a world filled with people who are unfaithful, including ourselves. So what do we do?
Jeremiah was struggling with discouragement, but he chose to focus on this particular characteristic of the Heavenly Father—Faithfulness. When we become discouraged, we stop and remember God’s faithfulness and abundant mercy. We need to remember how God has answered our prayers; How He has provided for us, given us courage when we were afraid, loved us when everyone else disappointed us, and been faithful to us when no one else was. When storms are overwhelming us, we need to get alone and reflect on this amazing truth: God is faithful! Our Heavenly Father is gracious and full of mercy; He wants to do something new in our lives today. And He will keep doing so each new day as we go out and Live Scripture Strong!