The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end;Lamentations 3:22(ESV)
Throughout his life, the truth of God that was faithfully taught by Jeremiah the prophet, was rejected and ridiculed by all and sundry.. but when He saw the destruction and devastation of Jerusalem, he fell into deep depression and wept and mourned over the ruins of the beautiful city of God.
But in his distress.. hope was revived as Jeremiah looked away from himself to the Lord.. and called to mind the loving-mercies, deep-compassion and long-suffering of God for all His rebellious people - and so he declares this beautiful truth, The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is His faithfulness.
How often our own lives reflect this scene. We fulfil God's call on our life.. but discover that circumstances appear to contradict our expectations, and we start to question God's character, God's concern and God's care for us, and we start to murmur.. and to ask, why?
But only as we look away from ourselves, our problems and our own limited perspectives.. and call to mind the greater reality of His loving-mercies, deep-compassion and long-suffering, do we recognise the steadfast love of the Lord which never ceases.
Only as we turn our eyes away from our own disappointments and look to His wider purpose and plan, do we discover that His mercies never come to an end, for they are new every morning - great is His faithfulness.
Heavenly Father, how I praise and thank You that you are a gracious, loving and long-suffering God. Help me not to be influenced by the circumstances of my life but rather help me to keep the eyes of my heart on You, knowing that Your plans and purposes are perfect. Thank You Father for Your steadfast love towards all Your children - which is new every morning. All glory to Your holy name, AMEN.