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Bible Ballistics: BBs #345  It Is Of His Mercy!!!

 

We talked last time about the strength of the Lord, and the sufficiency that we find in Him, and I’d like to continue in that vein today, with a twist. The ‘Weeping Prophet’, Jeremiah, wrote a much over-looked little book. Here find him after more than forty years of preaching the message of God with very little response, other than persecution, humiliation, torture and even attempts on his life; yet this precious man of God with a broken heart for his people and his wonderful Jerusalem, has watched the fall of his nation and her people! He writes in the book of Lamentations about his grief over the failure of his people to turn to The Almighty God of Israel in repentance and faith, with a broken heart! Yet even in his brokenness, his hope holds secure, because his God IS his Hope—and he knew that God never fails, and we can know that too, and count on it.

Even when God has to discipline His people, His ultimate goal is for our restoration and salvation. So, I’d like to share Jeremiah’s words with you this morning, praying that they will encourage and lift you up on this Friday morning regardless of where you are, or what brokenness you may be experiencing in your life. Jeremiah’s words help us keep our direction straight, and our vision keen, as we “keep our eyes” on Jesus, on the prize, on our God and King.

And I said,

My strength and my hope

is perished from the Lord:

19 Remembering mine affliction

and my misery,

the wormwood and the gall.

20 My soul hath them still in remembrance,

and is humbled in me.

21 This I recall to my mind,

therefore have I hope.

22 It is of the Lord’s mercies

that we are not consumed,

because his compassions fail not.

23 They are new every morning:

great is thy faithfulness.

24 The Lord is my portion,

saith my soul;

therefore will I hope in him.

25 The Lord is good unto them

that wait for him,

to the soul that seeketh him.

26 It is good

that a man should both hope

and quietly wait

for the salvation of the Lord.”    Lamentations 3:18-26

So whatever your burden, or grief, or sorrow, or trial today, remember God is faithful to the challenge before you. You can count on HIM in all things. Even when the nation seems to be falling around us—“great is thy faithfulness” can be the joy of my heart; and it can be yours too, if you’ll but trust HIM!

May God encourage you through His Word? Blessings on your day, and enjoy the beauty of God’s creation as we are surrounded by the wonder of spring—and new life in Jesus!

Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” Romans 6:4

To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:” Colossians 1:27