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.” (Lamentations 3:22-24 ESV)
Mercies are also known as the favor of God. His compassion and love for us never ends. Whenever I wake up safely in my home and in relatively good health, I remind myself that the Lord is the one who sustained me while I was asleep. He doesn’t leave my side and is attentive to every detail of my life. My prayers reach his ear and his Spirit comforts me with wisdom, reaffirming that my faith in him is not in vain.
Along with his mercies, we receive his grace in many ways. Food, medicine, shelter, and a job are examples of what the Lord blesses us with. Love, guidance, and discipline are added to them, and the companionship of himself, friends, and family give us encouragement, purpose, affection, and joy.
When we have moments of solitude, he gives us opportunity to reflect on his goodness and reassurance. When we see the beauty in all of his creation, that feeling of amazement and awe reminds us of his power and creativity; out of nothing, he spoke everything into existence.
To focus on what we have with God cures us from pessimism and gives us a better outlook. Our hope must always cling to Jesus and not solely on an outcome. He knows the desires of our hearts and he is able to grant them. But he also wants us to know him…to really know him. His desire to have a relationship with us is an act of grace and mercy.
So how do we respond to him today? It’s quite simple. Just speak whatever is on your heart to him. Nothing we say is a ever surprise. I believe our prayers are valuable and precious to him because we are approaching him in faith.
Can you imagine Jesus saying, “There you are. How are you today? What would you like me to do for you?” Have faith and tell him. May your day be filled with hope and blessings from the One who is able to save. Amen.