“New mercy. Every morning…” As the sun gently touched my arm I heard the Lord’s whisper. I could feel His love. I felt as if God Himself reached out with His warm embrace to say, “I am with you.”
The faithful love of the Lord never ends. His mercies never cease. Great is His faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.~Lamentations 3:22-23 NLT
I have read the above passage numerous times, have taught from it, and heard expository preaching about it, but that morning God allowed me to experience His intentional love in this verse. It was like looking out a window after a night of total darkness and experiencing the breaking of the day. My experience with God became a reminder that He has not forgotten about us, and even if we experience darkness, He will bring us into the light once again.
Just as the sun peaks in with an element of surprise, and we do not know when daybreak will truly appear, we can rest assured that the sun is on the horizon. If we keep looking, we will see it crest, and overcome the darkness. Look with expectation and hope to see your new, great morning. This was the assurance I felt that morning. It was like He painted on blank canvas a brand new day. I had a feeling of exuberance as the Lord filled the room. I thanked God, and His goodness overwhelmed me.
As I slowly got off my knees and sat on my couch, I thought, What makes this day a great morning? I had decent health, a place to lay my head, I was fortunate enough to have a career and earn some money. Overall, I woke every morning with very little stress. However, were those the only reasons I thanked God for a great morning? He reminded me of His faithful love for me personally, and how His love never, ever, stops. I thanked God not only because of the list of blessings that came to my mind, but more importantly because of His faithful love. When we let God down or when we are not at our best, He does not stop loving us. He lets us know unequivocally, that His love for us remains consistent, constant, and eternal.
Just like the sun comes up every morning, God’s love for us remains consistent, constant, and eternal.~Charles E. Maldon, Jr., author of In the Beginning: Godliness Through Marriage
Can you imagine not having light? Always living in darkness? That would be like living in a home with no windows, and no sunlight to feel or touch, or to bring a smile to our faces. When God allowed Christ to die on Calvary’s cross, it tore open the prison we were stuck in, and Jesus’s sacrifice gave us hope that we can live the more abundant life God intends us to have. In essence, God pulled back the curtain to allow the light of the world to shine in and provide us with hope.
God’s faithful love is as comforting as coming in from the brutal cold to the warmth of our homes. The love God desires for us to experience when we enter into His presence warms our hearts, stirs our spirit, and generates joy within us.
For God so loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.~John 3:16 NLT
He loves us so faithfully because the beginning of His love is founded on grace rather than our works. This allows us to experience His mercy. His love is like accepting the dawn of a new day. God is rich in compassion not only for me, but for the world. I experienced the love He desires everyone to know! Truly, our connection with God is the only way we can be the best husband and father for our families. Blessings abound when we connect deeply with the God of the Universe.
But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead.~Ephesians 2:4 NLT
Friend, why is every morning a great morning? It is because of God’s rich mercy, powered by His grace, that every morning is a good one. Vines Expository Dictionary describes mercy (eleos), as “the outward manifestation of pity… Mercy assumes need on the part of him who receives it, and resources adequate to meet the need on the part of him who shows it.”
When God extends mercy, it is driven by grace, unlike us who extend mercy based on our feelings. When we discover God’s mercies never cease, it allows us to experience His calmness over our lives. The warmth of God’s mercy invigorates us to want to do better and to remain free from living our lives in darkness.
I am humbled by God’s mercies. Every morning when I open my eyes, I have a fresh start, and here is the hard truth-it’s a start that none of us would see or experience except God grants it. That is the blessing. God in His infinite love wants us to love Him. You may not feel this because of outer circumstances or inner turmoil. However, if you can catch a glimpse of the light, pressing through the darkness, like the dawning of the new day, wherever you are, this knowledge will warm your soul to know there is hope.
Reflect on God’s involvement in your life. Share your thoughts.
Lord God, Thank You for Your unconditional love that gives me hope every morning. Forgive me for moments when I’ve let You down, and for the times I’ve murmured and complained instead of being grateful. I commit to starting my days by seeking You and Your ways.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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CHARLES E. MALDON, JR.
Charles E. Maldon Jr., is an ordained reverend, speaker, writer and mentor. However, the title he is most proud of is a servant of Christ.
Charles is a devotion/article writer for VineWords: Devotions and More, specializing in the area of marriage, with the goal of helping men improve their marriages.
Charles’s mission in life is to encourage others to know their true value by developing an authentic relationship with Jesus Christ. As the Lord continues to mold him, Charles uses his colorful life experiences, both “good and bad”, as real-life ministry tools. He believes there are treasures to be found in every trial—perspective is everything.
The crux of his writing is to bring others to freedom through authentic transparency. In addition to his writing, Charles is the founder/administrator of Break-Thru Ministries, a men’s ministry which focuses on helping the family, especially men, to become all that Christ created them to be. He enjoys helping men to fulfill their calling in life, relationships, and manhood.
He is currently in the process of revising his book, In the Beginning: Godliness through Marriage. He is a member of the Maryland Writer’s Association and Word Weavers. He also blogs on his ministry page, Break-Thru Ministries, where his hope is to touch someone with the love of Jesus.
Charles is the proud father of two boys and resides in North Carolina with his lovely wife Lekeisha. In his spare time, he enjoys working out, traveling and spending time with his family.
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