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September 15, 2019 | Doug Sauder
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“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 (NKJV)
Have you heard of a technological feature called “system restore” or “factory reset”? These lifesavers allow a person with a failed computer or device to start over, to return to a time before product failure. It’s a rather nifty alternative to otherwise abandoning a failed device altogether.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have that kind of reset button for our lives? A few simple clicks and we could go back to a time before “product failure.” Make a mistake at work? Hit reset. Failed a test at school? Hit reset. Fly off the handle towards someone? Yeah, you know . . . reset!
Well, there’s good news and bad news. The bad news is that in some cases there is no quick and easy way to resolve the matter—although, a sincere apology goes a long way. The good news is that God has provided within Himself a “reset button”—His steadfast love, unending compassion, and great faithfulness. We are not abandoned. Wonderfully, each morning’s needs are met by His grace.
By His grace we are not consumed—not by our struggles or by His righteous judgment—for He gives us strength and wisdom to overcome, and His compassion supersedes our failings. We are restored because God is our strength every morning, our salvation in time of distress (Isaiah 33:2). He has a loyal love with a gentle concern for us, both of which are evidence of His faithfulness.
What a gift is this lovingkindness, overflowing with devotion! It is an eternal investment backed up by a God who is rich in mercy despite the return. Therefore, we should join with the psalmist in giving thanks to the Lord and singing praises to the Most High God; declaring His lovingkindness in the morning and His faithfulness by night (Psalm 92:1-2). “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful” (Hebrews 10:23 ESV).
Each day God graciously provides, and He draws us back into an abiding fellowship with Him that allows time to reset and restore. And so we can sing: “Great is His faithfulness, no shadow of turning, with unfailing compassion. Morning by morning new mercies we see. All that we need His hand has provided—pardon for sin and peace that endures. His presence brings joy; He gives guidance and strength for the day, bright hope for tomorrow. Blessings abound, for great is His faithfulness now and forever” (Thomas Chisholm, “Great Is Thy Faithfulness,” paraphrased).
DIG: Why is God’s faithfulness extraordinary?
DISCOVER: God’s faithfulness includes mercy, love, and compassion. Take some time to meditate on what else comes to mind when you consider His faithfulness.
DO: Keep a journal of all the times you feel overcome by His lovingkindness and faithfulness in any given situation. If you’re more artsy, you could create a picture. Look back on it every so often to renew your faith and restore your hope.