Daily Devotion: New Mercies

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
    his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness.
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
    “therefore I will hope in him.” – Lamentations 3:22-24

At the beginning of a new week, month, or especially year, we can take on the attitude that we have a fresh start and things can be different going forward. Whatever didn’t go right before we try to put behind us and work towards something better.

This thought isn’t necessarily wrong or bad in any way, I just think there is a greater truth for believers to focus on that is far more helpful and beneficial.

When we focus on starting off a new (fill in the blank) strong, we can sometimes fall into a trap in our thinking when we start to “fall off the wagon.” For example, Monday we decided to start eating healthier for the week. Wednesday we cheat a little and all of a sudden we decide, “Well, I’m already off my plan, might as well forget it till next week”. Obviously that is a generic and simplified example, but I am sure you can think of many similar situations in your own life. Whether there are positive habits we are trying to start or negative habits or sins we are trying to combat, once we break our rhythm or mess up, we have a tendency to think that we might as well give up for a bit and restart later.

The idea that we might as well stop trying for a bit once our perfect or close to perfect adherence to our new resolution is gone is not biblical. Not in the least bit. So, whether you are making any specific resolutions in your life or not, here are a few things to consider.

“His mercies are new every morning”

You don’t have to wait for some predetermined time to get a clean slate. God’s forgiveness is always fresh. His mercy is always new. If you have fallen into sin and messed up, you don’t have to wait till Sunday to confess and get back on track. You don’t even have to wait till the next morning. Once you confess your sin to the Lord and receive forgiveness you are as fresh and forgiven as possible. You don’t become more so the farther you get away from that particular fall. You are forgiven and clean. His mercies are not only new every morning, they are new every moment.

“the steadfast love of the Lord never ceases” 

Never means never. That is obvious and simple, but for some reason many of us don’t live that way. We think and live as if God’s love can be put on pause or limited in some way by our actions. Or we think that God still loves us the same, but He isn’t going to act on that love as much or something like that. Anything like that is false and untrue. God’s love is steadfast, it doesn’t change and it doesn’t stop. So even if you are in a total funk and your life is a mess, God loves you just as much as when you are on top of the ball and in a great rhythm. It doesn’t have anything to do with your performance. It never has and it never will.

“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
    “therefore I will hope in him.”

Our hope in life should not be in ourselves and our ability or a new year, month, week, or day. Our hope is in the one whose mercy is always fresh and available, whose love never changes or stops. He is the rock that we build our lives on. He is the one that gives us strength each day. Hope in God will ultimately never be disappointed.

If we mess up, we remember that God still loves us just as much–which will always be more than we can imagine–that His mercy is fresh and available this moment, that we can have a perfectly clean slate, and that He is our hope.

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