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.” The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.Lamentations 3:22-26
As I was reading through the notebook I keep to write down scriptures I want to share through Today’s Devotions, I realized that Lamentations 3:22-26 spoke so much more to the surrendered me.
Surrender continues to be a daily battle with myself, through the habits I have created or possibly it is the evil one, trying to mislead me; either way, I will stay surrendered.
My first thought as I read Lamentations 3:22 “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,” is to thank God. To thank him for His great love and also for being God, who does not break His promises, not ever. He helps me, every day, to keep my eyes and mind on Him, to be able to work hard, to take care of my family, to find compassion and forgiveness for those who hurt me and to understand He has it all in hand. It is all because He gives me the strength, He gives me the love in my heart, more than plenty to share, and it is He who is giving me the understanding of His Word.
In Lamentations 3:23 “They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Every single morning, I thank God. I have always been an incredibly early and happy riser (thanks, I am sure, in part of growing up on a dairy farm) and there is little in the whole world that compares to the sunrise while knowing the day is brand new, no mistakes have been made, no tears shed, and the incredible possibilities of what the day might bring make me so happy to be alive. Add to that (because it is really first) the fact that God too loves the new day just as much. He must! To renew all of His love and compassion for us, it is a great and perfect love!
So as we continue to read, Lamentations 3:24 “I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” This is my surrender. I will wait for the Lord. He provides what we need. He provides exactly what each individual needs; He knows what I need. And as badly as I think I want to do, go or have anything in particular, I want God’s will for us (my children and myself) more than any thought or sorta idea I may have. I believe. I have faith. I carry my cross (I may struggle with it, but I carry it). I will wait for the Lord.
Lamentations 3:25 continues, “The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him;” I have felt Him there, my whole life, even during that time when I ignored Him completely. He never once turned His back on me. I know it must be the same for us all, because He says this is true and God does not lie. My hope is in the Lord. Whether He directs me to do or say whatever is next or He chooses another to do or say to or for me, I am not afraid because this is not a surprise to God. And every single time we look for Him, seek Him, He is there. Every time.
And Lamentations 3:26 “it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.” I generally study and understand the NIV Bible (New International Version), but I also like to check The Message Bible when I am not 100% certain of a true meaning. So in The Message, Lamentations 3:26 says “It’s a good thing to quietly hope, quietly hope for help from God.” Oh yes. Again, my surrender comes to mind. To wait quietly, and to not run full-bore into whatever it is. To wait quietly, to hope, to pray, to talk it over with the Lord, whatever it may be. Nothing is too big or small. He is our Father and He wants us to wait for Him.
These scriptures are beautiful to me. My surrender to God has changed my life so completely, I have not yet been able to put it into words to share with you. I will continue to pray about it and I am certain, when it is time, God will give me the words. It brings home to me the timing of God’s plans. If my life had taken this turn even a few short years ago, looking back even I can see it would have only led to disaster. The Lord is opening my eyes and heart to so much more right now.
Have a blessed day full of hope and joy!
…I’d like to assure you again, my goal is to never use the Word out of context, to make my own point. I want to only share with you the hope and joy that the Word has brought to me and my life, in hopes it will be something we can share in fellowship.
My favorite Bible is my Parallel Bible with the NKJV (New King James Version), NCV (New Century Version), The Message, and Comprehensive Study Notes all in columns on the same page. This Bible was a gift years ago now from my mentor and dear friend. It’s drawback for me is that I carry it with me- from my desk to the kitchen, sometimes with me wherever I’m going away from home, church when I am able to go, and to bed for my bedtime study. Well, the pages are super-fine and as you might imagine, it is a big Bible. When I noticed the binding was becoming weak, I switched to the Bible version that I referenced just as often, the NIV (New International Version). So now my Parallel Bible sits on the L of my desk and I use it only there, and generally so that I can feel that I truly understand what the Word is saying to me.
So when you are reading these posts, unless otherwise noted, the scriptures included are from the NIV (New International Version).