November 18, 2010

Love, Compassion, Faithfulness

Written by Wisdom Hunters

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- November 18, 2010

“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 Christ keeps us from being consumed. His love is a healer to the hurting heart. Our sorrows can overwhelm us, but He is there as our loving heavenly father to see us through our sadness. The love of God is a peacemaker when we become consumed with conflict. His love mediates and works out solutions for all willing parties. Conflict melts under the loving influence of God. We are not consumed because of Christ.

Worry is consuming until it comes under the direct influence of God’s love. His love exudes peace. Thus the peace of God and the worry of the world cannot co-exist together. We are not consumed. 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 our soul with rock solid faith.

Therefore, because of God’s great love we are not consumed. The Lord’s love is served daily on the silver platter of His compassion. God has a deep awareness and concern for your heartache. This awareness is the beginning of His compassion. His compassions provide the relief of companionship and care. Indeed, they have never recorded a failure.

“LORD, you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done wonderful things, things planned long ago” (Isaiah 25:1).

People will fail you, but God is still faithful. Work will fail you, but God is still faithful. Your health will fail you, but God is still faithful. Finances will fail you, but God is still faithful. 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—now and forevermore.

You do not ever have to second-guess Jesus. Take Him at His word. He is there for you. He is there for your family. He is there for your friends. He is there for your enemies. He is faithful. He cannot—not be faithful. For God to not be faithful would be like the sun not to rise in the east. It is not possible, and so it is impossible for God to be unfaithful.

Therefore, wait on Him. He is worth the wait. He is faithful. He will do what He says in His time. You can rest and relish in His faithfulness. He will be faithful to lead you to the right spouse, the right career and the right friends. Because He is faithful, He can be trusted. Let go of your inhibitions and trust Him. You can trust Him with your future, your health and your eternity. We serve a great God full of love, compassion and faithfulness.

“He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he” (Deuteronomy 32:4).

Do I rest in the faithfulness of Almighty God? Do I extend His love and compassion?

Related Readings: Isaiah 30:18; Joel 2:23; 2 Corinthians 1:3; Jude 1:21

Boyd Bailey is the author of Wisdom Hunters daily devotional and two devotional books, Infusion and Seeking Daily the Heart of God


Comments

  1. Ava M. Frett says:

    The Scripture for today’s reading should be Lamentations 3:22-24, not Jeremiah. Thanks. Great word!!!

  2. Ellean says:

    The scripture reference is Lamentations not Jeremiah which is cited in the devotion.


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