We Are Not Consumed

“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.

4 thoughts on “We Are Not Consumed

  1. I feel consumed by self doubt. Doubt in my abilities to be who I want to be and really deep down, know I can be. My doubt often leads me to shy away from challenges I face. I know that this subject can be included in the “Expectations” category, but I have a feeling that more people have this same “dragon” in their lives than anything else. It is one of Satan’s most effective tools. Each Sunday morning, I struggle with the doubt in my mind that I can lead a Bible Study Class…but I step out in faith and let God do the teaching. There are times that this doubt overwhelms me and all I can do is give it to God to take over. Sometimes, though, I stay in my own strength and fail miserably, which enhances the problem. Great post, Deana. Filled with wisdom and insight. Thank you


  2. Wow! Deana this verse is has so much in it. You are correct. I have been angry over unmet needs. My anger has been showing in my life lately. I will keep praying.


    • Eden, thank you for joining the conversation. Yes, unmet needs are hard to deal with. But thankfully we have a God who is more than willing and able to meet those when we let him. Love you!


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