Sunday, November 30, 2008
Lamentations 3:22-23 Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.
Faithfulness is a rare virtue these days. In our culture if things are not going smoothly in your marriage, then it is permissible to jump ship rather than weather the storm. The sacred vows of commitment were apparently only a ceremonial exercise to many people. Though faithfulness is not modeled well in our society it is the hallmark of God’s character.
In Lamentations 3:22-23 Jeremiah is in the midst of writing a lament for the people of God. They have been disobedient and are reaping the just judgment for their actions. In the midst of their punishment Jeremiah is encouraged as he considers the faithfulness of God. At times men are cruel, unfaithful, and unloving. Not so with God. God is always a merciful God.
Just as the sun shines forth on the earth in a renewed vigor every day, so God’s mercy beams forth in new rays of mercy every morning. Faithfulness may be a rare virtue in our cultural surroundings, but it is a regular part of the celestial world.
When looking for a model of faithfulness, perhaps we should set our sights a little higher.