“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” ~ Lamentations 3:22-23
I’ve seen that scripture verse no less than ten times in three days. It’s popping up everywhere — and maybe for good reason. It’s loaded with promise not only for me, but for my friends who are hurting, and for everyone else.
It’s easy to feel consumed by:
Expectations – both of ourselves and of others. It doesn’t matter if these expectations are realistic or not. They weigh on us.
Responsibilities: For family, job, ministry, life. We carry heavy burdens of responsibility and sometimes think we have to carry it alone.
Fear – Of the unknown, the future, the past catching up with us.
Guilt or Shame: Hidden sin or secrets.
Grief: — Hurts over the loss of a loved one. The death of a marriage. The pain of hurt feelings from a friend.
Anger: – Whether righteous anger or anger caused by hurts, misunderstandings, or unmet needs.
The list can go on, but all of us can can feel consumed by many things. The great thing about this promise is that God’s love for us keeps that from happening. His compassion for us, even in the face of the loss of compassion in ourselves or from others, never fails us.
Every day is a new day for hope, for strength, for healing, and forgiveness. And the best part, it doesn’t matter if that day starts at 5:00 am, or at 3:30 in the afternoon. We get to start our days over whenever we need to.
Maybe you need a restart today. If so, why not take a minute and say a prayer.