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COLUMN: God's mercies begin anew each day

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By Shirley Jones

Great is the faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each day. Lamentations 3:23

Jeremiah had almost given up hope but God reminded him that his mercies are new every morning. The Hebrew term for “mercies” can be translated “covenant love” or “steadfast love.” It is linked with compassion, truth and faithfulness.

In the middle of this valley of judgment and suffering, Jeremiah realized that “the Lord is good to those who wait for Him.” And this is true today as well.

Jeremiah didn’t discover God’s goodness in a mountaintop experience. Rather, it was revealed to him in the pit of life when all hope seemed to be gone.

Anybody can say God is good when the wind is in their sails and life is “smooth sailing,” but it takes a real man or woman of faith to recognize and embrace the goodness of God in the face of life’s problems.

The Bible says “The unfailing love of the Lord never ends … great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each day.” Not only do God’s mercies begin anew each day, your sense of gratitude should too. Your days should be saturated in it. Continual gratitude comes from looking beyond your blessings to their source.

What source?

A source of unfailing love, great faithfulness and mercy that’s already at work when your eyes open each morning. How’s that for total coverage?

“But some days we struggle.”

Remember, “even if we are unfaithful, he remains faithful.” Did you get that? Even when you’ve been unfaithful to him, still he remains faithful to you.

And for that, you should be eternally grateful.

Have a blessed Thanksgiving.