There’s a corner of my guest room that I sometimes go to catch a glimpse of the rising sun just peaking over the trees and rooftops in my neighborhood. It’s the mornings where I need a quiet start, a greeting of a new day ahead.
It reminds me of these words of Jeremiah, as he anguished over the plight of his country. He saw no signs of relief and was focusing on the lack of hope. We see in verse 21 there’s a turning from his lament to a realization of hope.
Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed,
Because His compassions fail not.
They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“Therefore I hope in Him!”
The Lord is good to those who wait for Him,
To the soul who seeks Him.
Lamentations 3:22-24 (NKJV)
His mercies allow us not to be consumed by what is breaking our hearts. It’s a reminder that whatever trouble or struggle we are in, through His mercies we are not overwhelmed, we are not used up by the struggle. The reason we are given such mercies?
His compassion on us.
His tenderness towards us. His concern and care never fail. When so many other things in this life fail, including our own minds and hearts, our own limited understanding. His does not.
Not only that, Jeremiah reminds us that they are new each day. We don’t get leftovers or what remains from the day before. We get brand new compassion poured out on us, through the never ending mercy He gives.
He is faithful, when I am not. When I am in a struggle or finding that I might be swallowed up, He is faithful with compassion and mercy. He is good, if we but wait. If we believe and choose to wait upon Him.
As we see here, when we seek Him in the corners of life we find Him bringing newness to our days, rejoicing in a hope that never ends, finding our souls are His portion forever.