Welcome back to Word Wednesday! I look forward to this day every week. Really digging into Scripture and searching for what stands out, then really giving it some deep thought has been good for me. I hope it’s blessing you as well. This week, we’re looking at Lamentations. Drop down in the comments and share your favorite Lamentations verse or any other thoughts you have, then be ready for Ezekiel next week!
Lamentation 3:22 (NIV)–Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.
I love looking up verses in different translations, and I found the Bible in Basic English, done back in the 1940s. In it, this verse reads, “It is through the Lord’s love that we have not come to destruction, because his mercies have no limit.” That makes this verse so much more urgent, doesn’t it? Destroyed is much stronger than consumed, at least to my mind.
Let’s face it, we all deserve hell. I often say, “We could curl each other’s hair if we opened up and told all of our darkest secrets.” Every one of us has that sin we hope no one ever uncovers. The thing is, it’s not just the “big bad” sins that doom us. Our everyday pettiness makes us worth of destruction. Snap judgments, harsh words, little lies, second glances… Even a quick read of Matthew 5 ought to convict each and every one of us. And don’t get me started on the state of our world today (which I thought Dawn addressed very well in her comment on last week’s post).
So why are we still here? Why hasn’t God completely run out of patience, thrown up His hands, and destroyed the lot of us? (Knowing what was coming, why did He even create us in the first place?) Because His mercies never fail. His compassions have no limit. I don’t know about you, but when I look back over my day, that verse strikes a chord in me. God loves me. He is full of mercy toward me. And while He will discipline me when I need it, He will not turn his back on me and consign me to the hottest corner of hell. Do you realize how huge that is? What a gift that is? If you stop right now and really, truly think about what Jesus’ death and resurrection means for you, I’m convinced you’ll be in tears before you get very far. We take that gift for granted way too often.
Oh, Jesus, when I look at my life I know… I know I don’t deserve what I have and I do not have what I deserve. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!