Monday, September 10, 2012
Welcome to Day 253 of our Life Journal!
Click here for today’s reading: Lamentations 3; Lamentations 4; Lamentations 5; Revelation 15 (2012 Daily Bible Reading Plan)
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
Lamentations 3, “Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: 22 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. 23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. 24 I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” 25 The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; 26 it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.”
Lamentations 4:22, “O Daughter of Zion, your punishment will end; he will not prolong your exile.”
Lamentations 5:21, “Restore us to yourself, O Lord, that we may return; renew our days as of old… unless you have utterly rejected us and are angry with us beyond measure.”
With the main adversaries identified (the dragon, the sea beast, the land beast, and Babylon) and the people of God reassured of ultimate victory (chapters 12-14), the full out-pouring of God’s wrath is about to be shown. Chapter fifteen is a “prelude” to the seven bowls of wrath described in the next chapter.
8 “And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God and from his power, and no one could enter the temple until the seven plagues of the seven angels were completed.”
In spite of their captivity and the desolation of their city, Jerusalem, Jeremiah (the presumed author) calls back to his mind God’s love and faithfulness.
In the most difficult times, this is the passage to hang on to!
“Yet this will I call to mind…”
You’ve lost your job, lost a loved one, are struggling with an addiction, problems with your kids…
“Yet this will I call to mind… and therefore I have hope…”
Lamentations was written in the midst of awful, tragic times, yet Jeremiah reflects on God’s goodness.
I love that it says “his compassions never fail. They are new every morning…”
They are new every morning!
When I am going through difficult times, that verse is often my first thought of the day… His mercies (compassions) are new every morning.
David Ruis wrote a song, “Sweet Mercies.” “Let your mercies fall from heaven, new mercies flow from heaven, new mercies for today, shower them down Lord, as we pray.”
I don’t know about you, but I need his mercy every day… every morning!
Thank you Lord for your compassion, for your mercies that are new every morning!