Call This to Mind
January 3, 2021
Lamentations 3:21-26 ESV
“But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. "The Lord is my portion," says my soul, "therefore I will hope in him." The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.”
Happy New Year everyone! I want to encourage you with the same words I did the first Sunday of 2020. “See Life!” Those of you at Transforming Culture Ministries may still have your “See Life!” sunglasses. Dust them off and remind yourself what you are looking for. The enemy has used the events of the past two years to distract us, to get us to think, feel, and see death. But we are here for life. We are here to live abundantly. We are here to overcome. We are here to win! Have you ever read the book of Lamentations? It’s basically a sad song book. Jeremiah is lamenting, crying, over the state of the nation of Judah. God has fulfilled His promises to them because of their disobedience and unbelief. Yet right smack dab in the middle of this crying and lamenting we find these verses in chapter 3.
In the middle of trouble and heartache and the worst experience Jeremiah has ever had he remembers something that gives him hope. It’s the Lord’s love. The Lord’s love never ceases. He did not stop loving because of Corona. He did not stop loving when our family member left this earth. He did not stop loving when we went through quarantine. He did not stop loving through the political unrest. He did not stop loving when it looked like things fell apart. God’s love never ceases, but it is up to us to call this to mind. It is up to us to refresh our hope by reminding ourselves that His mercies are new every morning. God is faithful. That is why we will have a Happy New Year. There were new mercies waiting on us this morning. Happy New Year. The Lord is our portion. He’s what’s being served up to us today, and He is more than enough for every situation we encounter. Happy New Year.
Thank You Lord for the mercies You have for me today. Thank You for Your faithfulness. On this first Monday of this year I choose to call to mind how much You love me, and I thank You for the hope that You are giving me for a happy year. God, help me to see You this year in every aspect of my life. In Jesus’ Name…
Deidra B. Johnson, PhD