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It is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed

It is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness (Lamentations 3:22–23 KJV)

it is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed

Jeremiah wrote the book of Lamentations after the destruction of Jerusalem. He saw the downfall of Jerusalem and the ruin of his countrymen. God had used him to warn the Israelites to turn away from their sins or face His judgment. They rejected God’s warnings and attempted multiple times to kill Jeremiah himself. 

Amid the anguish of heart, Jeremiah wrote the words above. He states it is of the LORD’s mercies that are not consumed. Yes, they had been judged severely, but the LORD in His mercy did not utterly wipe them out. His compassions never fail; that is, they never run out. You will never find God in a state where He has run out of His patience, mercy or compassion. Jeremiah continues and says His compassions are new every morning. This does not mean God runs out of compassion during the night and has to top up in the morning quickly! What Jeremiah is conveying is that every single day, God’s compassions are as new.

The LORD told us He is a merciful and gracious God, and He is faithful to that Word. He will not change. Our hope is in His faithfulness, keeping to His Word.

MEDITATE

Ponder upon the verses above. Take Israel out of the picture and put yourself in to see how it applies to God’s relationships with you.

APPLY THE WORD

The Lord’s mercies and grace never run out. He is immutable and so never changes. He is faithful and will not change or back off from what He has said. You should focus on Him and not on yourself or the things around which change so frequently.

PRAY

Bless the LORD for His unfailing compassion and mercy towards you. 

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