Happy New Year church family! As I mentioned in my blog this time last year, I decided a few years ago to stop making New Year resolutions and instead choose to focus on a word coupled with a Bible verse for the year. My word for this year, 2022, is HOPE. The verse that I am focusing on is Lamentations 3:21-23.
21 Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this:
22 The faithful love of the LORD never ends! His mercies never cease.
23 Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.
We can hope because the God that we serve is faithful and merciful and compassionate. Remember that God sent Jesus, God’s only son, to be born, suffer, die on the cross and rise for us so that we would have eternal life with our Father in Heaven. I will forever be amazed that God did this for me! The amount of mercy and compassion shown to us through Jesus is incredible! We can now look for resurrection in our everyday situations because the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead now lives in us.
In the verses prior to the above verses, Jeremiah is expressing how low he feels in his soul. Yet he has hope. He remembers that his hope is in God-the same faithful, merciful and compassionate God that we serve! Have you ever felt low in your soul? Have you ever looked around and wondered where God is and whether or not He hears your prayers? Have you ever wondered if God is losing the battle as there is so much disease, heartache and destruction in the world? I have wondered all of these things, more times than I can count! Knowing the character of God, the hope that he provides, as well as the everlasting peace and joy He provides-this is what brings me out of the pit.
God’s mercies are new every morning. From the Enduring Word commentary…”Each dawning day gives mankind hope in fresh mercies and compassions from God. We need a constant supply and God has promised to send them without fail. No matter how bad the past day was. God’s people can look to the new morning with faith and hope.”
I will put my hope in the God who created me and everything around me. Fixing my eyes on the one who turns every night into morning, as every morning brings new provision for the day and strength to tackle our trials.
I wish you a very happy new year full of healthy days and the peace of God! I pray that you find HOPE in knowing that we serve a faithful, merciful, loving God.