“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed…His mercies never fail, They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3: 21-24)
I will make more observations about these quotes from the Lamentations of Jeremiah. In his despair and grief over what he had to see during the conquest of Jerusalem, Jeremiah called to mind that it is only because of the great love of the Lord that we are not consumed.
This raises the question: ‘What do we think we deserve and why?’ When the Rabbi wrote his book about bad things happening to good people he assumed a thesis. He assumed that the people were good and deserved good things. That does not agree with Scripture. According to Jeremiah, it is only because of the mercy of God that we do not get what we deserve.
The word “mercy” means unconditional love. God showed Jeremiah that His mercies are new every morning. His next words inspired a great hymn called, “Great is Thy Faithfulness.” God is faithful to us even when we are not faithful to Him. Every morning is a clean slate for us because His expressions of unconditional love are new every morning.
When we meditate on these thoughts, inspired by Jeremiah we should thank God every day for the mercy that withholds and the grace that bestows salvation on anyone who will believe that Good News. Jesus Christ died on that hill where Jeremiah wrote these words so that God could withhold what we deserve and bestow on us a salvation we do not deserve but receive by faith.
Today would you like to thank Him for His mercy and trust Him for salvation?