“The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!””
Lamentations 3:22-24 NLT
I believe that the Lord has taken us out of our Roman journey to another place in the Bible this morning. A nudge from the Holy Spirit perhaps? Is there someone out there in cyberspace this morning who desperately needs some encouragement, someone who is struggling with feelings of despair, someone who perhaps is thinking of giving up? Perhaps a night has just been spent sleeplessly on the rack of anxious feelings, not knowing how today can be faced. Well, these three verses were planted in the Bible just for you. Your name is written all over them. Let’s personalise them this morning. Where I have written “me” add your name in if it helps.
The Lord loves me – He always has done and He will never stop now. And not only that, He has mercifully forgiven me for all my sins, past present and future, as I remain close to Him. You see, He is so faithful, that He will never give up on me. His love for me is unending and unstoppable. All the resources I need for life God has made available to me, and the source of them has been refreshed again this morning. There is an unending and bottomless well containing all of God’s resources and His Spirit is within reach revealing them to me. There is patience and joy, peace and faith, love, and more besides, all there for me without limit. And all I have to do is remind myself of the riches I have in Him, each and every day. The future may look difficult and I may not know how I am going to get through all that is coming to me, but regardless of it all, the Lord is there for me, providing hope for the future. He is my inheritance, and as I think of the Creator of the Universe and all that He is, I realise what an amazing God I worship. I’m humbled by the fact that He has made all that He is available to me through His Spirit. So whatever is facing me today, I know that God will be holding my hand, and even carrying me along if necessary.
I pray today that these verses encourage us all in these difficult times of war and inflation, earthquakes and famines. We may not know what the future holds for us, but we do know the One who holds the future.