Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – April 23, 2017
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. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” Lamentations 3:22-24
The love of God keeps you from being consumed by the fiery flames of grief. Your sorrows can overwhelm you, but He is there as your loving heavenly Father to see you through your sadness. The love of God is a peacemaker when you become consumed with conflict. His love mediates and works out solutions for all willing parties. Conflict melts under the loving influence of God. Worry is all-consuming until it comes under the direct influence of God’s love, for His love exudes peace. Thus, the peace of God and the worry of the world cannot coexist. Fear can be all-consuming.
However, the love of God flushes out fear and replaces it with trust. Fleeting fear must be replaced by faith or it will return to occupy your heart and mind. The love of God floods your soul with faith. Fear vanishes under the influence of faith. Moreover, His compassions never fail, for God has a deep awareness and concern for your heartache; His compassions never fail, for they give hope you can hang on to for future resolution; His compassions never fail, for they provide companionship with your friend, Jesus; His compassions never fail, for they extend forgiveness to a contrite and hurting heart. His compassions establish soul success.
Great is His faithfulness. His faithfulness is greater than the depths of the sea (six miles at its deepest point), and it is greater than the highest mountain (six miles at its highest point). The entire universe cannot contain the faithfulness of God, for it is far-reaching and deep. People will fail you, but God is still faithful; Work will fail you, but God is still faithful; Your health, your finances, and your circumstances will fail you, but God is still faithful; You will fail, but God is still faithful. Great is His faithfulness!
God does what He says He will do, so you don’t ever have to doubt the Lord. He is there for you, your family, your friends, and even your enemies. He is faithful. He will not be unfaithful. For God to be unfaithful would be like the sun failing to rise or the moon forgetting to shine. Therefore, wait on him, for He is worth the wait. Use that time of waiting to trust and obey Him.
He will be faithful to lead you to the right spouse, the right career, and the right friends. He can be trusted; so let go of your inhibitions and trust Him. It’s comforting to know that in a world of uncertainty, you serve a great God full of love, compassion, and faithfulness.
The Bible teaches, “I wait for your salvation, O LORD, and I follow your commands” (Psalm 119:166).
PrayerHeavenly Father, I am very thankful Your mercies are new every morning.
ApplicationWhere do I need to invite the Lord’s compassion into my life, so I can comfort another life?
Related ReadingExodus 34:6; Psalm 103:11; Zephaniah 3:5; Matthew 15:32; James 5:11 Today’s reading is taken from Boyd’s most popular book: Seeking Daily the Heart of God, a 365 day devotional.
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