Have you ever wondered how you were going to get through a day? Maybe it was a broken down car. A flat tire. A sleepless night. A disagreement with your spouse. An unexpected diagnosis. A simple overflowing pile of laundry. A broken dish. Maybe it was just a day that seemed like anything that could go wrong, did go wrong.
Looking back, there are a few days in my life where some pretty devastating news really shook me. Then there were other days when some pretty miraculous news really shook me. Both a testing of the faith, in different ways. At the end of each of them, I laid my head down at night, believing that…
His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning.
I want to take this moment to help you reflect on the truth of this statement. In Lamentations, Jeremiah (who is thought to be the author), laments about the disobedience and destruction of Jerusalem. If you have a spare minute, read Lamentations 3. It is fairly descriptive and even a bit graphic, but it paints a picture of just how bothered Jeremiah was by the disobedience of the people. Yet towards the end of the chapter he says:
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
His mercies never come to an end;
They are new every morning;
Great is your faithfulness.
I couldn’t help but ask myself, would I reply the same way?
Maybe you feel like you are just to the end of your rope. Maybe you don’t even realize you are at the end of your rope. And maybe you just need a gentle reminder, that God loves you. That His mercies REALLY ARE new, EVERY morning.
If you are wondering how you are going to get through the night, because you have yet to close your eyes, even though it’s 4am, remember and believe this: His mercies are new, every morning.
Your child continually refuses to eat what you put on their plate and you wonder if they will ever eat? Remember and believe this: His mercies are new, every morning.
You may wonder if the exhaustion you feel from all the laundry, all the dishes, all the messes, and all the picking up, will ever leave? Remember and believe this: His mercies are new, every morning.
Your child is sick for the umpteenth time. And maybe even in the hospital. Or maybe even received that unexpected diagnosis. Remember and believe this: His mercies are new, every morning.
Maybe you’ve struggled with giving yourself some grace because you haven’t made a well-rounded meal for your family, but frozen pizza just seems like the most luxurious meal you could eat. Remember and believe this: His mercies are new, every morning.
You haven’t showered in a few days, you put your hair up in a bun every morning, and didn’t even get to brush your teeth. Remember and believe this: His mercies are new, every morning.
You feel spread thin and wonder if you truly have anything more to give. If anyone else asks of your time, your energy, and your love, will you have anything to give them? Remember and believe this: His mercies are new, every morning.
Your child finally falls asleep, in your arms, all nestled in, mouth open wide, breathing heavily, with not a care in the world, except feeling the love of their mother on their skin. Remember and believe this: His mercies are new, every morning.
When you feel you have nothing left, remember that God has loved you first. He wants YOU. Yes, YOU. He confidently asked YOU to be your children’s mother. He asked YOU to be a reflection of Himself, to your family. It’s not one more thing to do, but something to live out in who you are. And when you feel like you just aren’t doing a good enough job, God says, yes you are. Because remember and believe this: His mercies are new, every morning.
God has beyond wowed me with who He is; especially when I stop and think about His mercies. I have had days when I couldn’t wait for the next one to begin. Though when those days come, believing with ALL my heart that His mercies are new, every morning, can make an eternal difference in me.
Do you believe this? That even in the most difficult of days, God will prove Himself faithful and that His mercies are new every morning?
Let that sink in today, as you reflect on the goodness and faithfulness of our good, good, Father.