Lamentations 3:22-23 New Compassions Daily

Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is  your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23

As the Israelites were in captivity in Babylon, there was a lot of destruction and suffering. At the time, there did not seem to be a lot of hope. The end could not be seen and it appeared as though God had completely abandoned them for all eternity. Yet, Jeremiah notes that God’s love is so great that they would not be completely destroyed. Despite what was going on around them, he could see God’s compassion for them being renewed each day.

When people are going through hard times, they often feel as though they are completely alone and that God has abandoned them. It is common for a person to feel as though God is full of anger and hate, not wanting anything to do with him ever again.

These hard times can be something physical, emotional, spiritual, financial, or one of many other difficulties in life. The pain that one is feeling is real.

You may be going through a situation right now in your life, or you may have gone through one, or you will go through one some day. Jesus had said that you will have troubles in this world.

As you are going through a troubling time, keep in mind that God has promised you life and salvation through Jesus. There is a hope that one day Jesus will return and take you away from all the troubles of this world.

Another thing to remember is that no matter how difficult your situation is, it could be worse. The situation could be worse if you had no hope of salvation. If you do not believe in Jesus, then you can only look forward to an eternity of separation from God. As long as you are believing in Jesus and trusting in His work in your life, you have the hope of eternity in heaven.

As you get up each morning, realize God has spared your life on this earth for a purpose. He is showing you great love in keeping you going forward. Do not lose hope or give up. You may be hard-pressed, but you are not crushed or destroyed. Trust God through the tough times because He is faithful and will not abandon you.

I pray today that you will know God’s presence in your life; that you will know God’s faithfulness; that you will know God’s love and compassion; and that you will have hope in Jesus. 

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Hebrews 3:13 Encourage Daily

“But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.” Hebrews 3:13

The author of Hebrews had just stated that a believer must not harden his heart like the Jews did in the wilderness. Now with that warning, he tells the believers to encourage each other so that their hearts do not get hardened.

What does he mean to encourage each other? It is to encourage each other to continue to serve God, to believe in Jesus. It is to encourage each other to continue to turn away from sinful ways.

When a person is running a long distance race, he often will need encouragement to continue to the end. There will be stretches that are difficult and may cause the runner to stop. There will be times when there will be a severe pain in the side causing him to want to stop the race. If there are people on the side of him encouraging him to keep going, he most likely will. The encouragement gives that extra boost to keep going correctly.

In life there will be many challenges you must face as a believer. The challenges of just life, nothing directly against God, such as paying the bills on time. These challenges have sometimes been so great that a believer stops trusting God because nothing is going right. This is where another believer must step up and encourage him to keep going.

There are also times when you or a friend may be facing temptations to go the wrong direction or do the wrong thing. This is where you must step up and encourage him or be encouraged to do the right thing.

This is not condemning the person, pointing out his wrongs, but encouraging to follow Jesus. Show love and Jesus to the person. This will encourage him to stay with and follow Jesus.

When encouraged like this, it will keep the heart from being hardened. It will keep you from falling into sinful practice. Keep your heart soft towards Jesus. Encourage others to keep their hearts soft towards Jesus.

Every day talk about Jesus and His Words. Continue to sing songs of praise around others. This will keep your heart and the hearts of others focused on Jesus.

I pray today that you will be encouraged to continue to follow Jesus; that you will be an encouragement to others for Jesus; that you will keep your heart soft for Jesus; and that you will not be caught up in sin’s deceitfulness.

Luke 11:3 What To Ask For

“Give us each day our daily bread.” Luke 11:3

The disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray. They had seen that John the Baptist had done that with his disciples and wanted it also. Jesus then gives them a simple prayer. Part of that prayer was the asking for daily bread.

When they pray, most people can come up with a long list of needs and desires to pray for. For many people, much of those prayers are of desires more than needs. For some those desires are for helping others in their time of need.

None of these desires are necessarily bad, but they may be more than what Jesus taught.

Most people want today taken care of, along with tomorrow and even the next month, or twenty years. As a human, you cannot see everything about tomorrow with guaranteed clarity. You want to know that everything tomorrow will be ready.

Asking for your daily bread, is asking for just what you need for today and today alone. In another spot, Jesus said you are not to worry about tomorrow. Asking for something you need tomorrow, is worrying about it.

Each morning you get up, you must trust that God will give you just what you need for that day. Think of Israelites when they were in the wilderness. Each morning they got up and had to get their food for the day that God provided. There was not a morning when their food was not provided, yet it was not seen the day before.

Are you trusting God for the provision you need? Or are you trusting what the world says?

You may have a large bank account today, but tomorrow that bank could collapse leaving you nothing. You may have a refrigerator full of food today, but tonight it may break down and all the food goes bad tomorrow. Trust in God for your daily provision.

Trust God for what you need. Seek that and that alone. If God chooses to give you above that accept it as a bonus gift, but don’t trust in it. Trust in the daily provision God will give you.

I pray today that you will know that God does provide for your needs; that you will trust God; that you will learn to pray to God as Jesus taught; and that you will follow God’s desire for your life.