Week 4 - Great is Thy Faithfulness

"This I recall to mind, therefore have I hope. 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."
Lamentations 3:21-23

I am so thankful that the Lord's mercies and compassions are new every day. He is faithful to me through every trial and struggle that I go through, and He gives me a peace which passeth all understanding (Phil 4:7).  He gave Himself on the cross to be the perfect sacrifice for your and my sins, which was His ultimate act of compassion. He could have just let us wallow in our sin and guilt, but instead He came to be the pure and spotless lamb. He covers our sins if we choose to accept His gift of salvation, so that one day we can stand blameless before God. This selfless act serves as a daily reminder of the faithfulness of God.

One thing that I have learned through the few verses that I have memorized this year is that understanding God and having His perfect peace is a choice. I have heard the above verses quoted without verse 21 many times, but I believe this is an essential verse to add. "This I recall to mind, therefore have I hope." It is a choice to recall God's faithfulness and compassion to mind. The prophet Isaiah said, "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee... (Isaiah 26:3)"

The mind is such powerful tool. What you choose to dwell on and what you choose to surround yourself with will eventually become who you are. I want to be like Christ and experience the peace and hope that He offers. Because of this, I will continually strive to bring to mind His word and talk to Him through prayer. I can not explain the peace that His word has offered to me already, and I want everyone to experience it!

A mind that is stayed on Christ is a mind at peace and filled with hope! Now, I am not saying that trials and struggles will not come to disrupt your joy, but through those times you can chose to let God be your hope or you can turn from Him and face it on your own. All I know is that whatever you choose, God is always faithful.

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