*By Dave Zuleger
But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD.—Lamentations 3:21–26
By now, you’ve had to wait on things more than you can probably remember. You can’t buy whatever you want on Amazon (not to mention that you were searching for toilet paper on Amazon in the first place!). You don’t know how long this new way of life will last. By now you probably know people you love who are being economically hurt by this crisis. You feel deep fear consuming your mind. You think about this when you wake up and before you go to bed. You forget about it as you stay busy – until that moment you actually have time to think.
The first step to persevering in this moment is admitting that this is where we are and this is how we are operating. We’re all adjusting and figuring this out as we go. But, beyond coming to grips with reality of our present predicament, what can we do in this moment?
If you were to read Lamentations before verse 21 of chapter 3 you’d find a pretty bleak, sobering, and frightening picture of life. Things were not well. The circumstances were hard and broken. Hope was low. Fear was high. Sadness was deep. Then, graciously, these promises of God break into the darkness.
The love of the Lord for those in Christ is steadfast (never changing!) and forever (never stopping!).
His mercies never cease and are new every morning. You don’t need to worry about weeks from now – you just need to rest in the mercies of today!
His faithfulness is great! His faithfulness has far more staying power than this virus.
He is good to those wait for him and seek him. We are sinners and because of Jesus goodness and mercy follow us all the days of our lives.