The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. Lamentations 3.22-23
I’ve fallen a bit behind on this week’s devotionals, but isn’t the above passage perfect for that? My Father never falls behind. Have you fallen behind? His love and mercy are always present.
I heard Toby Mac today croon and rap about the tough things we all go through. We make decisions and we regret some of them. We compare ourselves to others and we feel bad or feel good. We get bored and spend way too much time watching television or scrolling social media. And we do it over and over again. I think there’s a passage in Scripture about that. I’m always doing what I don’t want to do. Failure, the sinful nature and human error are a part of our reality, but when we come across messages like the one above in Lamentations we are given a second wind that we are priceless children of God who can neither love us less or more because His mercy and love are steadfast. Steadfast means it doesn’t end. We have to breath that in and out because the evil one is doing his best to convince us otherwise. He will use anything to short circuit the connection we have with the Father, Son and Spirit.
I continue to marvel at last week in Florida. We pretty much left our phones facedown. We read, ate and played on the beach. My Father’s presence impacts me wherever I am, but when I intentionally seek Him I become enamored even more with his love and mercy. I know He has to sigh when I “grieve” about falling behind. I create these tacit rules in my head that says I have to do something, and when I don’t do it I punish myself. I’m not talking about self-discipline, which is a fruit of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5). I’m talking about the self-inflicted pain I bring into my mind that gives the forces of evil a foot-hold in my battle with depression. Watching the first episode of 24 the other day was not good for my mind. I’m not judging you on what you should not watch. That’s between you and God. I’m speaking for myself. I’ve blogged before that I had to quit watching House of Cards on Netflix because it was too dark for my mind to handle. I’m not saying you shouldn’t watch it. Some people have to be teetotalers because they are alcoholics. There are vices you fight that I don’t and vice versa. Satan doesn’t care what it is as long as it takes you away from the Father.
God’s love is pure. There are no strings attached. He’s not going to stop loving you if you don’t go to church. He’s not going to stop loving you if you never read the Bible or pray again. He’s not going to stop loving you if you cuss like a sailor on Facebook or Twitter.
I don’t want to get into a conversation about the unforgivable sin, but I’m here to argue that there is no place, person or habit that can separate you from His mercy. Evil never rests. It is constantly creating drama and lies to pull us away from the One who knit us together in our mother’s wombs. It will make you feel like dirt. It has caused people to take their own lives. It destroys marriages. It makes us afraid and ashamed of who we are, but God is forever loving and merciful to all 7 billion on the planet. And here’s proof.
For God so loved the world that he gave his only son, that whoever believes in him will not perish, but will have eternal life. John 3.16
I heard someone say on WAYFM today that is not good news. That’s the greatest news for anyone.
Put your faith and hope in that!