|Good Morning Everyone,|
Our theme for this month: “You are loved”
Our Bible verse for today: “Because of the Lord’s faithful love we do not perish, for his mercies never end. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness! I say, “The Lord is my portion therefore I will put my hope in him.” Lamentations 3:22-24 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “God’s love and compassion never end.”
Lamentations 3:22-24 is an extraordinary statement of faith and hope in the midst of disaster and desolation. For generations God had been warning the people of Israel that their sinful ways were leading them to terrible consequences. The prophet Jeremiah had spent his entire ministry, (almost forty years up to this point spanning the reigns of five kings) warning the people that actions have consequences and that their sinful ways were leading them to ruin. But the people didn’t listen.
Now, in the book of Lamentations, Jeremiah is wandering the rubble-strewn streets of a Jerusalem that has been sacked, looted, and destroyed. Most of the people had been carried off into captivity in pagan lands. But despite that, Jeremiah knew that God is a forgiving God and that although the people would have to suffer the consequences of their poor choices, God was still prepared to forgive them and restore them when the price was paid and the time was right.
We all have times of failure in our lives which bring consequences we would rather avoid. Usually we have to simply pay the price for what we’ve done, then get up, dust off, and move forward in life. The good news is that God is always ready to forgive and restore us. God always has our good at heart, and He’s always ready to lead us to better and brighter days.
We’re going to spend the next several days exploring the great truth that God expresses His love for us through forgiveness and restoration. It really is true that God’s love and compassion never end but as was noted in yesterday’s devotional, it’s incumbent on us to come back to Him – full confession and true repentance is the prelude to restoration and better days. That was true for the nation of Israel in the days of Jeremiah and it’s true for you too. Confess, repent, change your ways, and then come and be restored.
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