A New Chapter

The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.
Lamentations 3:23, NASB

As I am writing this devotion, I have recently finished a staff meeting, and we recently had our church’s annual “Celebration Sunday” or what is commonly called a business meeting. Every year we celebrate the blessings of the Lord in our church. As we reviewed in our business meeting the great things God has done this past year, and again reviewed these items in our staff meeting, we came to the conclusion we had “turned the page” in the story of our church. Collectively there was a sense of a new chapter beginning. We will no longer be identified as the church that was, but we have become and continue to develop into all that God has for us.

How exciting to know that a new chapter has begun! The old is gone and the new has come. The wastelands are no longer desert places, but a vibrant oasis of new life and overflowing rivers.

Great is the Lord’s faithfulness. It is because of His compassions we are not consumed. It is because of His great mercies we can have wonderful new life daily. Every morning you can wake up and breathe the air of His faithful compassion.

It’s time to write a new chapter. Determine today that you will yield to God, and as you do, cooperate with Him as He writes the story of your life. You do not have to continue on in the chapters of yesterday’s news, but allow Him in His great compassion and mercies to write something fresh on the blank storybook pages.

Lamentations 3:24 says, “The Lord is my portion.” As we taste of the goodness of God, He truly is all we need. His compassions sustain us, provide for us, and protect us. Jesus when looking at the hungry multitudes was moved with compassion, not because they were hungry, but because they were like sheep without a shepherd. Today, His compassion is shepherding you and guiding you to still waters that can restore your soul.

Here is what Matthew Henry has said concerning this compassion of God:

Bad as things are, it is owing to the mercy of God that they are not worse. We should observe what makes for us, as well as what is against us. God’s compassions fail not; of this we have fresh instances every morning. Portions on earth are perishing things, but God is a portion forever. It is our duty, and will be our comfort and satisfaction, to hope and quietly to wait for the salvation of the Lord. If we cannot say with unwavering voice, The Lord is my portion; may we not say, I desire to have Him for my portion and salvation, and in his word do I hope? Happy shall we be, if we learn to receive affliction as laid upon us by the hand of God.

Allow the Compassionate King to begin something new in you today. Whether through the storm in the valley below or on the moutaintop above, let us sing of His wonderful mercy. After all, it is a new day and His mercies are new every morning!

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