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."
Lamentations does not identify its author but there are many reasons to believe that it was Jeremiah. Jeremiah was known as the weeping prophet, because he loved God’s people so much and when he looked at their lives and how they were living he was heartbroken. But Jeremiah was also known for his messages because God had called him to prophesy in a time that the message of God was not very popular.
In the midst of this, Jeremiah wrote “His compassions fail not; they are new every morning: great is Your faithfulness.” God is faithful, and I believe that is what needs to be emphasized. We talk about our faithfulness and we need to be faithful, but let me tell you I stand today as a great example of God’s faithfulness to me. He could have at any time wiped me out, but because His mercies are new every morning, I’m still standing.
God is faithful. So how does that affect us? God is faithful. How will that help us this week? God is faithful. How does that explain what is going on in our lives? So with all these questions I want you to realize some realities worth remembering.
1. Because God is faithful, we can have confidence when we pray.
2. Because God is faithful, we can conquer evil and temptations.
3. Because God is faithful, we can praise Him.
4. Because God is faithful, we can have courage when we are afraid.
Jeremiah’s point was: when you do not understand what is going on, and when things are not going as you would like, you can have courage in the time of trouble, if you understand that God is faithful.
1 John 1:9 says “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”. There are two words here that fit in with what Jeremiah is telling us and those two words are God is faithful and just. So the question we need to ask is why is He faithful and why is He just.
He is faithful because He will not go back on His word. Titus 1:2 tells us “who cannot lie” if God were to ever go back on His word one time He would cease to be God. He established His word, and His word is forever settled in the Heavens. In fact Hebrews 1:3 says “upholding all things by the word of His power”. That means if God were ever go back on His word everything around us would implode. All creation exists because He spoke.
I know we live in a time that men will not back up their word, but your Heavenly Father will. He won’t lie, Paul wrote to Timothy that even when we are faithless, He remains faithful. So He is faithful because He is true to His word. What confidence this gives us that He will do what He said He would do. What a comfort when one of our loved ones goes home and Jesus tells us “because I live you will live also” what a comfort; that we can count on.
Then He says He is just. He is just because of the finished work at Calvary of His dear sweet Son Jesus Christ. Sin was judged at Calvary so the Father could be just when He speaks.
In a time of uncertainty and not knowing what the world holds, the one constant that we can look to is the faithfulness of our Lord.
- Pastor Lee Cruse, who would be nothing if it were not for the loving faithfulness of my Lord.
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