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February 21, 2021 | 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)
A new year lies ahead of us, and here’s what’s certain about it: From beginning to end, it’s filled with uncertainty. We can project, we can plan, we can prognosticate, and we can postulate. But at the end of the day, none of us really knows for certain what’s going to unfold from one day to the next.
The vacation, the wedding, the graduation, the dentist’s appointment you booked months ago . . . they’re on the calendar, but they’re all theoretical at this point. This is a point that James makes by reminding us that none of us can say for certain that our intended plans will hold, because we can’t be certain of what the future holds (James 4:13-16).
This tends to bother me. Why? Because I like to know what’s going to happen; because I like to be in control. When I can’t say for certain what’s going to happen, I lose control, and my human nature really resists that!
But this passage from Lamentations reveals that there is something equally certain as uncertainty when it comes to the future. It declares to us that God’s mercies will be renewed each new morning in the year ahead. This is a big deal, because if there’s anything that we should value in this life, if there’s anything under the sun by which we benefit, it’s the mercy of God.
God’s mercies change everything about our lives. So much so that we can’t even conceive of what our existence would be like without them. By God’s mercy, our heart is beating. By God’s mercy, our planet is just the right distance from the sun. By God’s mercy, by the end of the day we will have avoided a host of hazards we’ll never even know about. By God’s mercy through Christ, we live under the promise of hope instead of hopelessness.
From the instant you were conceived in your mother’s womb to the very moment that you’re reading this, your life has been a continuous flow of God’s mercies. They began when you began and have never stopped since. Nor will they in the year ahead or anytime thereafter. Even your eternal existence with Him will be forever upheld by His mercies.
Let this promise from Lamentations set your perspective heading into this new year. As uncertain as its details may be, rest in the truth that God’s mercies towards you will never cease from start to finish.
DIG: What two certainties are true about the year ahead?
DISCOVER: How have God’s mercies defined your life?
DO: As we enter the new year, think of ways you can be more conscious of this perspective and allow it to shape the way you approach each day!