Lamentations 3:22-23 (NKJ) Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.
Have you ever had one of those days where you mess up, slip up or flat out sin? You feel like a complete and utter failure. You may even wonder if you reached the limit of the mercy of God.
One evening as I was getting ready for bed, I found myself going over the day’s events in my mind. And I realized how I had behaved – how I had missed it. I don’t remember the exact details, maybe I hadn’t walked in love to someone or perhaps I didn’t fully obey the Lord in something. Whatever it was, I was inwardly chiding myself for it.
I remember thinking, “Thank God, His mercies are new every morning…I wish it were already morning!” And as I was having this conversation in my head, the Lord spoke to my heart and said, “It’s always morning somewhere in the world, so just receive My mercy now.”
That was so basic, but it came as such revelation to me! I had never thought about that simple truth.
It’s kind of like the plague of frogs in Exodus chapter 8. In verses 9-10, Moses told Pharoah to set the time for when he wanted Moses to pray that their houses would be rid of the frogs and Pharoah said, “Tomorrow.” Huh? Have you ever wondered why he didn’t say, “Right now! Please, I beg you!” ???
I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t have wanted to spend another night with frogs all over the place!
So why should I have thought that I had to spend another night before receiving the Lord’s mercy and compassion for my failures?
I’m so thankful that I didn’t! Aren’t you glad that He is always faithful and that His love is unfailing? I know I am! He is kind and gracious and compassionate and forgiving. Not only are His mercies new every morning, those same mercies endure forever (Psalm 107:1)!
In fact, the Bible tells us that the Lord delights in showing mercy and unfailing love (Micah 7:18). Click here to find out how mercy is God’s “specialty.” When we hope in His mercy and love it thrills Him (Psalm 147:11)!
So, if you’ve messed up and are in desperate need of a do-over, then just receive the beautiful mercy and compassion of our wonderful Lord! We never have to wait for the morning for it to be renewed, because it’s always morning somewhere in the world!
Alisha Gratehouse is an artist, art instructor, minister’s wife, and homeschooling mom of three. Her days are filled with creating, painting, writing, drinking lots of tea, laughing with (and at) her family, and spontaneously bursting forth into song. Alisha is the author of several books including, A Life That Flourishes.