“New Days” Meditations 20: Leaving the wreckage of yesterday
Lam 3:22,23 “his compassions never fail. They are new every morning.”
This thought is too big to leave with one comment. Yesterday, the prophet says, may have been the most terrible day in your life. Today may seem equally bad, BUT the word through this aging prophet is, “God is still here with you in the middle of this mess, His goodness and His kindness is still here for you today.”
Now I am aware that it is easy to write or say such words but when we are gazing on the rubble of our demolished hopes, anguishing over the loss of a dream, scrabbling against the despair that accompanies apparent loss of hope, as we gaze on a seemingly black canvas of a future, to say “God is still here with you in the middle of this mess, His goodness and His kindness is still here for you today,” can almost seem trite.
But there is something else that can possibly help us; it is the truth that the apostle Paul wrote when he described God as, “the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort,” (2 Cor 3:3). The cry might come out of the aching heart, “Why God can be this?” and the answer is because He has been through the most heart rending anguish and is not a stranger to it.
If we sometimes think, “No one else knows what I am feeling,” that is the untruth of anguish for, yes, others have gone through this for we live in a fallen world where pain and anguish (yes, all because of Sin through the centuries) are common experiences. Yes, this is the downside of being a human being and sometimes we have to grasp for verses to stop us sinking, such as, “Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning,” (Psa 30:5) as we peer through the mists of pain and look for a light at the end of……
But God has been through this anguish. I think there was anguish in His heart when the Son left heaven to be born on earth. I think there was anguish in His heart every time He watched and saw His Son being rejected, and especially when He saw him being falsely accused and tried and executed. But I think the greatest anguish must have been when the Sin of the world fell on him on the cross and momentarily at least uniquely separated Father and Son as from the human perspective the Son cried, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Mk 15:34) Whatever we might have received from Him yesterday, today there is a new delivery! His goodness comes new every morning. Grace from heaven never runs out, as the modern song says. ”Your love never fails, it never gives up, it never runs out on me.” (Listen to “One Thing Remains” on YouTube and sing it strong!) We start singing weakly but as the truth sinks in, our spirit strengthens and revives. Hallelujah!