Friday, November 8, 2013

“Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness..” —Lamentations 3:22-23

His faithfulness is truly great because He himself has always been great! There's been none greater ..anywhere. 

"From the tiny birds of the air and from the fragile lilies of the field, we learn the same truth..God takes care of His own... At just the right moment, He steps in and proves Himself as our faithful heavenly Father." ~ Chuck Swindoll, my pastor in Frisco Texas

"I choose faithfulness...Today I will keep my promises. My debtors will not regret their trust. My associates will not question my word. My wife will not question my love. And my children will never fear that their father will not come home." ~ Max Lucado in San Antonio

Been thinkin' 'bout what that faithful prophet Jeremiah had witnessed. Must'a been hard. He'd seen some really bad stuff go down.. yup, painful history play out right before him. He actually saw the invasion of Jerusalem by King Nebuchadnezzar, was so moved by it, and decided to log his ideas and observations down in a "diary"—the book of Lamentations. 

Ever read that fascinating book? So SO interesting! 

No doubt, if you've been around for pretty long, then you too have been an eyewitness to some negative stuff happening in your own land. If it happens bad, then it's cuz of sin. When I lived in Europe there were so many people there who didn't even believe there was such a thing called sin. The words: "traffic sin" but really weren't considered real sins. Here in the USA many might do their best to explain sin or temptation away, or explain what it can results in, but the consequences are still with us to this day and that's why inner change from true repentance is so very important. It takes humility, but it can bring on the Lord's faithful mercies. 

Yes, in spite of the things we've done or what others have done, we all can still have reason to hope. And the best grounds for hope are found in God's faithfulness. What's better to experience than His forgiveness? Thank about it, despite all that Jeremiah had been eyewitness to, the prophet found hope in the faithful heart of His God.

Like with Jeremiah have the things that you've firsthand personally witnessed had such a deep and profound effect on you that you acted for the sake of benefiting others? Have you been a consistant and faithful witness for the Lord? Have you felt called and prayed about bringing others the hope and Message of Christ's love? 

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