The Lord’s loving-kindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail, they are new every morning. Great is Your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23
This morning I woke up to a new day – and an old attitude. The frustrations of the day before hung heavy on my spirit and before my first cup of coffee, I was chewing on them all over again. I bet you can relate. Yesterday’s argument with your spouse rolls around in your head this morning. Your child’s disobedience last night stirs those gnawing thoughts about what kind of parent you are. And as you turn on the shower you draw a deep sigh, knowing that you will spend another day with that irritating co-worker. If only we could greet the new day without the frustrations and irritations of the day before.
God does you know. This verse reminds us that as we greet each new day, we do so with the full measure of God’s compassion and mercy. No “leftover” thoughts of our attitudes and actions from the day before. You and I often drag yesterday’s problems into today. But God doesn’t Because we cannot wrap our finite minds around who God truly is, we tend to think of Him in human terms, assigning Him human characteristics and human limitations. We get irritated with others, and they sometimes “get on our last nerve.” But God has a limitless supply of understanding and compassion toward us. In other words, God’s doesn’t have “a last nerve.” Our frustrations mount up with people and we find ourselves dreading the next encounter with them. Not so with God. As He calls for the sunrise each morning, He has a sense of overwhelming delight toward us. Psalm 139: 17 says, “How precious [toward] me are Your thoughts, O God!” We simply cannot conceive of the immense love, tenderness and compassion of God towards His beloved children.
Aren’t you glad to know that God doesn’t hold grudges? He doesn’t weigh us today based on our actions yesterday. He doesn’t hold the mistakes of the past over our heads. And He doesn’t expect us to either. Because Jesus Christ paid the price for all of our sins, because He took all of our shame to the cross – we can face each day knowing that God’s love, mercy and goodness toward us is fully stocked and there is a never-ending supply. Greet the morning with the Lord, and step out into a fresh new day!
Wonderful Father – Thank you for a new morning, for new mercies and the promise of Your presence with me all through the day. This is the day that You have made; I will rejoice and be glad in it! (Psalm 118:24) Amen