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Great Is His Faithfulness!

This I recall to my mind,
therefore have I hope.
It is of the LORD'S mercies
that we are not consumed,
because his compassions fail not.
They are new every morning:
great is thy faithfulness.
(Lamentations 3:21-23)

I don't know about you, but I am so grateful for the assurances of Scripture. Take these verses, for instance. They were written especially for me. You see, no matter how hard I try, every day I fail my Lord. I just can't be Mrs. Super Christian. I'm not even a great Christian, like Billy Graham or Mother Theresa. I'm just me, trying my best to live the way the Bible instructs us to live - but failing almost daily at some point.

And it isn't just one thing that gets me in trouble. If it isn't my mouth getting out of control, it's my emotions, or even my thoughts. Yes, I'm often guilty of gossip, or murmuring and complaining. I get my feelings hurt, and feel misused, and then I sometimes hold a grudge. I sometimes feel sorry for myself, because things didn't go the way I wanted them to. Or perhaps more accurately, because other people didn't do as I wanted them to. I feel angry because I made such an effort and they didn't even try.

Some days my selfishness really takes over, while other days I give in to laziness and sloth. Either way, it's all about me, instead of being about the Lord's business. Often I fail to share the gospel, sometimes because I didn't recognize the opportunity when it happened, but sometimes because I was afraid of being mocked and rejected. Yes, I know Jesus was also mocked and rejected, so I shouldn't let that keep me from doing what I know I should. And even when I do try, I'm often overcome with fear and insecurity, which basically boils down to a lack of faith, doesn't it? How that lack must hurt my Lord, after all He's done for me!

Then there are the times when I don't pray as I should; times when I just give God a list of instructions, telling Him what I want, instead of truly seeking to know His will. I think we've all done that, haven't we? And there are entire days when I don't spend some time in His word, too busy with the things of this world to spend time with my Lord.

But for all those times when I fail so badly, there are verses like these, written especially for people like me. Verses that assure me of God's love, even when I fail him. He has such tender compassion on me, even in all my failures, faults, and shortcoomings. How comforting it is to know that no matter how badly I've messed up today, His mercies are brand new every morning. Every. Single. Day. And no matter how I've failed, no matter how badly I've messed up, no matter how feeble and faltering MY faith may be, HIS faithfulness is greater that all that!

His faithfulness is such that He pours His grace out fresh and new every day, giving me another chance. He never gives up on me, never turns His back on me, and never casts me out of His presence. He is always there when I call upon Him, and will never leave me or forsake me. He's never farther than a prayer away. I don't know about you, but I am so grateful for these verses. Such a great love, and such great faithfulness makes me want to do better every day I live. For Him, I'll keep on, even when I fail, because HE is faithful, and is worthy of my very best!


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