Encouragement from Pastor Mike: The light of God’s love pushes back the darkness

Lamentations 3:22-23 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

Right smack in the middle of the Bible book of Lamentations, a book venting and crying out from the dark anguish of suffering, is the comforting light of God’s great tender love. Most likely written by Jeremiah to mourn the fall of Jerusalem, this ray of hope shines out big and bold.

God’s steadfast love never ceases. It reminds us of the great, loyal, unconditional love of God. The Hebrew word ‘Hesed’ is used, that brings in the unrestricted kindness, mercy, compassion, grace and faithfulness of God. ‘Hesed’ is used some 250 times in the Old Testament as an essential part of God’s character. No matter what tribulations or hardships or suffering we go through, God’s love does not run out.

Lamentations 3:24 “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, therefore I will hope in Him.

God’s mercies never end and are renewed constantly. When God’s mercy is mentioned in the Bible, it is the description of God holding back just punishment. The word here in Lamentations is more ‘tender mercy’ meaning tender affection, or deep, gut-wrenching compassion. It’s mercy that does not end, and like the sunrise that pushes away the darkness of night, is renewed and fresh each morning.

To experience all this is to trust or wait on the Lord.

Lamentations 3:25 The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.
Isaiah 40:31 But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

One of the ways we soak in this truth of God is to pause or take moments of silence.

Lamentations 3:28 Let him sit alone in silence when it (suffering) is laid on him;
Isaiah 41:1a Listen to me (God) in silence, O coastlands; let the peoples renew their strength;

I’m not sure if you are suffering or not. I know that life has been trying with all the limitations and fears with this coronavirus crisis. Yet, even in good times it is always good to focus in on His steadfast love and His mercy that never expires. We are continuing our study in the Bible book of Job, one who struggled and suffered greatly. The book actually helps us process our own times of trouble. The series is called “#Whyme.” Please see our website for details click here.

Trusting in the Hesed and mercy of God along with you,

Mike

Background photo courtesy of Pastor Mike McKay of Cypress Church.