New Morning. New Mercies.
Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. The Lord is my portion, says my soul, therefore I hope in Him! The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him. It is good that one should hope and wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. (Lamentations 3:22-25)
One of my all-time favorite hymns is “Great is Thy Faithfulness”. I recently read about the man who wrote that great hymn of faith. His name was Thomas Chisholm. He decided early on that he wanted to be in full time ministry and so he studied to be a pastor. Due to several challenges in his life- including some significant health issues, he had to resign from his church after just one year. Instead of pastoring in a church, he took a job as an insurance salesperson because it was a job that he could do with his illness. As Thomas advanced in his age, he questioned God’s faithfulness. He became distraught because he felt that God had kept him from serving in full time ministry. As he was dealing with his discouragement and grief, he turned to the book of Lamentations and read our verses for today. He was overwhelmed with the truth that God is faithful and compassionate. It was out of response to those verses that he wrote the hymn, Great Is Thy Faithfulness.
So often I fail to see the faithfulness and compassion of God. I get so wrapped up in myself that I get disappointed with God because I think He’s failed me. While I want to say that I always claim that God loves me and has a wonderful plan for my life, the truth is, I don’t always agree with the plan God has for me – especially when it involves hardship or suffering. I need to be reminded that ultimately God’s plan for my life is much better than what I can dream up because He loves me perfectly and has already met my greatest need- my need for a Savior.
How about you? Do you need to be reminded today of God’s faithfulness and compassion? Whatever God has in store for you today, tomorrow, this week or this year, you can rest assured that nothing will affect you without first passing through the Lord’s hand – according to His faithful and compassionate plan.
Great is Thy faithfulness!