There is a passage in the Old Testament that says God’s mercies and compassion do not fail us, and that they are new every morning. Great is the faithfulness of the Lord! (Lamentations 3:22, 23)
Imagine that – God deals with us every morning with a new load of mercies and compassion. That bunch of blessings which he was waiting to bless us with yesterday no longer exists; He has replaced it with a new basket of blessings!
That should give us hope when we consider all the unfulfilled dreams and expectations we had for the past year. We look back at them today and say, “What a waste that I missed the opportunity. I wish I can roll back the time and redo the whole process.” But that is not possible. Nor is that necessary, because God is looking forward to what our response is today, not sulking over what we had missed. It is a new day!
It is also a new year. In order that we do not miss out or let the waiting mercy and compassion pass us by again, there are some things we can do.
Stop looking at ourselves, and start looking at God. When we fail, stumble and fall, there are some of us who are easily prone to be self-critical and self-condemning. When we look at God, Scripture says, “There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1). The reason for that is simply what Lamentations 3:22, 23 declare – His mercies and compassion are new every morning, especially for those of us who are already in Christ Jesus.
Be as thoroughly acquainted with the Scriptures as we can. There are other portions of Scripture along similar lines as the two already referred to in this article. Like, “no weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is from me,” says the Lord (Isaiah 54:17). Another, “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us” (Psalm 103:12). Familiarity with Scriptures will help us to hear God’s voice louder over the many we may hear in the world.
Choose community over isolation. When we have been beaten up by the devil and the circumstances we went through, it is quite a common response to retreat into a shell, and hide away from all the embarrassment, shame and glare of others. While some moments of solitude and reflection are always helpful and restorative, ultimately we have to live in a world full of all kinds of people. Here is where we need to choose a community of caring and edifying fellow sojourners. Unfortunately, there are those who seemed to have never heard Jesus’ admonition of not judging, lest they be judged, or not to look at the dust in others’ eye without paying attention to the plank in their own. Maybe somewhere down the road, we may have the opportunity to have a positive ministry in their lives, but when we are recovering, we don’t need them around us.