Great is Thy Faithfulness...
“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:22-23)
Sometimes it is difficult to truly feel love, especially steadfast love. What does that mean anyway? Steadfast love? Well steadfast by definition means unwavering, fixed, resolute, never changing. Our love of ourselves may be inconsistent, but God’s love for us never changes. The love and acceptance of others may be contingent on mood, or pain, or actions, but not God’s love. Even better than being steadfast, His mercies are never ending. Mercy means compassion, or a pardon for wrongful actions. God has a never ending supply of mercy for us, even when we fail, even when we disappoint, even when we turn away from God, He is still pouring out His steadfast love and mercy on us. And each of these blessings we can count on a fresh, new portion every morning, not dependent on how much we needed yesterday, but today we are guaranteed not only a sufficient supply, but abundant, never ceasing, never ending supply. Today is a new day, with new challenges, with new opportunities to please God, to do Kingdom work, and to follow the greatest commandment. When Jesus as asked what was the greatest commandment, he answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself,’” found in Luke 10:27. I am challenged, to live out this commandment. I am constantly challenged by my flesh, by selfishness, even by unresolved pain in my life, by hurts, by old wounds that sometimes feel healed, but then a word or an action can pull the scab right off and before I know it, those wounds are bleeding again. But the good news today, is great is the faithfulness of God, pouring out His endless steadfast love, mercy and faithfulness on me, to bring a deeper level of hope and healing into those hurts. I challenge you today to live like YOU are loved with an everlasting, steadfast love, emerged in all the mercy needed for today and revel in the faithfulness of our God, being thankful for our fresh portion this morning for yesterdays hurts and today’s challenges.