by Virginia Grounds
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 NRSV
Mornings are special for me. Like the spring season of the year, mornings usher in new opportunities for new growth. Those early hours of the day mean time spent with the Lord and His Word. It is during this time, when I draw near to God, that He draws near to me. He teaches what He would have me know for that day or season of life. He is faithful to reveal Himself through the pages of Scripture and His Spirit, and He inspires me with new thoughts that guide me on His path.
The author of Lamentations lamented over the unfaithfulness of Judah. Yet, his hope was in the Lord. In chapter three, verses 22-23, he mentioned the attributes of God applied every new morning and reasons for his hope. These verses are the bright spot in a book of suffering and judgment. That he could acknowledge these things about God when things looked so bleak shows the faithfulness of God to remind us of who He is during times of our suffering:
- His love is steady; therefore, difficulties do not consume us.
- His love never ceases.
- His mercies never end; they are new every morning.
- He is faithful.
It is because of God’s love for us, that every morning, he shows mercy. Whatever our situation, God is faithful to apply mercy as we come to Him. What great assurance this is to us on those mornings when we wake up on the wrong side of the bed with an attitude, or with an exhausted body and mind that says, “I don’t want to get up,” or with difficulties facing us. One day we may bounce out of bed, the next, we want to stay in bed.
As the author concluded telling of the goodness of God, he proclaimed Him as his portion (Lamentations 3:24) and committed to putting his hope in the Lord. What is the portion he speaks of? It is the inheritance reserved for the individual. He had hope because he knew something better was in the future. This hope is for us as well. As believers, we can confidently say the Lord is our portion. We have an inheritance from Him.
Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. According to His great mercy, He has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead and into an inheritance that is imperishable, uncorrupted, and unfading, kept in heaven for you. 1 Peter 1:3-4 HCSB
God’s daily mercies show us that God is faithful to us even when we are unfaithful to Him. The portion He has given of Himself through Christ in us is a promise of eternity to come. It is our inheritance. Therefore, mornings with Him are opportunities to confess our unfaithfulness, knowing our merciful God forgives. As we pray acknowledging His mercies, love, and faithfulness, He reminds us that we have so much to be thankful for. Great is the faithfulness of the Lord!
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About the author: Virginia Grounds is a speaker, author, Bible Teacher, former radio host, and effective communicator. Her love for women’s ministry and passion for God’s Word have been an important part of serving for more than 30 years in ministry in one of the largest churches in America. Virginia served with her husband in full-time ministry
helping to meet the needs of hurting people. This motivated her to write her first book, Facing Fears, Quenching Flames, a devotional book for overcoming fear and anger.
Virginia writes to grow women in their faith and teach life lessons for survival in today’s world. She is married with three adult children and grandchildren. Her ministry website is majesticinspirations.com.
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