Lamentations 3:22-23 (KJV)
It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.
Consume means to destroy. Compassion means to have deep sympathy and sorrow for another. The two are complete opposites of each other. After Jeremiah describes how he feels in the first 20 verses, as he has to share in the affliction of Israel, he remembers the very essence of God. He writes in verse 21, “This I recall to my mind, therefore, I have hope.” Despite the hardship Israel was facing, Jeremiah choose to remember, “Great is thy faithfulness.” He declared that God’s mercies are new every morning! It’s almost as if Jeremiah was encouraging himself in the Lord. Have you ever had to do that in your life?
As we go through different obstacles in life, we can choose to focus on the difficulty and wine about it or we can remember that we are not consumed. We can magnify our trials or we can remember that we are not consumed. We can have a pity party by ourselves and with friends or we can remember that we are not consumed. Trials do not feel good but they will not consume us! It is too easy to be caught up in the bad stuff. That is why we have to be intentional about focusing on God’s mercies, compassions and faithfulness! Can you declare, “Great is thy faithfulness,” in the midst of your storm?
Father, thank you that I am not consumed for your mercies. Thank you that I am not consumed because of your compassion. Thank you that I am not consumed for great is thy faithfulness! In Jesus name, amen!