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His Mercies Never End

Day 21

Today's Reading: Lamentations 3

Remember my affliction and my wanderings, the wormwood and the gall! My soul continually remembers it and is bowed down within me. 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. “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul,“therefore I will hope in him.” (Lamentations 3:19-24)

This is one of the most beautiful passages in the Old Testament, yet it’s written from a place of hurt and with a real sense of longing for hope. Lamentations is a book of laments, and this particular lament expresses pain and suffering and confusion as the people of God are experiencing the effects of sin. Yet in their “affliction and their wanderings,” in the pain and bitterness, the “wormwood and the gall,” as their souls are “bowed down” within them, they call something to mind that gives them hope. And what is that hope?

They hope in the reality that the steadfast love of the Lord never ceases. His mercies never, ever come to an end. They are new every morning, and the faithfulness of the Lord is great. We too need to be reminded of these truths, especially when we go through affliction or a season when our souls are bowed down within us. We should be able to pray with the psalmist,

“As for you, O LORD, you will not restrain your mercy from me; your steadfast love and your faithfulness will ever preserve me!” (Psalm 40:11)

If you have placed your faith in Jesus Christ, then be encouraged: God’s mercies are new for you every morning. His steadfast love for you never ceases. He is faithful to you, Christian. Even in the midst of tragedy, you have hope in Jesus.

As we think about advent, consider where we would be without the hope of Jesus, without the faithfulness of God, without the new mercies and steadfast love of the Lord. We would indeed be hopeless. But God is faithful, and Christ has paid the price for our sin and reconciled us to God, opening up for us a fountain of new mercies for each new day. We are never without hope.

PRAYING IN LIGHT OF TODAY’S PASSAGE

Thank God for His ceaseless love and mercy, and ask Him to sustain your hope in the midst of both tragedy and triumph.

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