God Promises His Mercies Never Fail - (Lamentations 3:21-24)

God Promises His Mercies Never Fail - (Lamentations 3:21-24)
Bible Promise
My tender mercies never fail, for they are new every morning.

Verse Text
This I recall to my mind, therefore I have hope. Through the Lord's mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. "The Lord is my portion," says my soul, "therefore I hope in Him."

Reading Notes
The word "lamentations" means loud cries, or more precisely "loud mourning and weeping." The book of Lamentations was written by Jeremiah the prophet after the destruction of Jerusalem by King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. Jeremiah had warned the people for forty years of the coming destruction of Jerusalem. Jeremiah warned the people, that if they did not repent of their sins and turn back to the Lord, He would bring the Chaldeans to judge Judah. The people ignored Jeremiah and as a result, that day which God, through Jeremiah had warned about, finally came. And now Jeremiah was lamenting over the sins of his people and their failure to heed God's warning. And this chapter is reflecting on God's grace and mercy even in the face of His judgment. We can see God's patience and love for His people just in the fact that God took forty years to warn the people and seek their repentance. Though many people went into captivity, they still were allowed to live out normal lives in the suburbs of Babylon, despite their deep seated rebellion against God.

For the most part they were not prisoners or captives, but relocated by King Nebuchadnezzar. In ancient times, it was common to relocate people groups in order to remove national pride and decrease the chance of a rebellion. In addition, through the prophets like Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Daniel, God had promised to restore the people back to the land as well as restore the city of Jerusalem once the period of judgment was over. And specifically God has promised here that even in judgment, if the people repented and turn back toward Him, He would have mercy on them, watch over them and see them through the judgment. As a matter of fact, many people after the time of judgment wanted to stay in Babylon because they had built homes, raised families and had lived there. And the same can be true for all of us who follow Jesus. If we have strayed away from the Lord, all we need to do is repent (which means turning away from our sins) and return back to Christ Jesus our Lord. If we confess our sins and truly in our hearts repent, Jesus is always waiting and willing to forgive us and bring us back into fellowship with Him. However, if we do not repent and turn back to Jesus, God loves us too much to let us continue in our sin. God will chastise those whom He calls His own if we live in rebellion toward Him.


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