Do you know what I love about my Father God? It’s this…He let me have another run at it today! I got another opportunity. I got a fresh start. I don’t mean that He put me all the way back at square one. That would be a curse, not a blessing. I mean that He let me have another go from right where I was. Isn’t that great? I needed it too. Because yesterday I messed up. I had intended to do better, but I failed. In spite of my long litany of failure, God was waiting for me when I got up this first day of 2009 and graciously greeted me with another chance.
Lamentations 3:22-23 has this…” Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.” Remember who wrote that? Jeremiah, the “weeping” prophet! It is said that for some fifty years he called God’s people to return to faith and truth without success. As far as we know, he had not a single convert. And yet, in the face of fifty years of failure in getting anyone’s attention, he still believed every morning was pregnant with possibility…every man and woman who woke up every day did so on a day when God’s compassions were alive and well and waiting to be bestowed on humans.
You know what? It’s not only on New Year’s Day that God does this! It’s every morning! And I am already looking forward to my brand new fresh start tomorrow, if God keeps me here another day. Yep…I need it too. For…like yesterday, I messed up again. I pray for a faith like that of Jeremiah, who kept on believing, even against his experience that God’s mercies were created new every morning of every week of every year from age to age. Can you believe it for you too, dear ones, beloved of God?
John R. Rice said something like this, “No matter how spotted a man’s past may be, his future is completely unsoiled.” I love this kind of faithful optimism. Listen, the Savior Who died for our sins and the Father Who greets us daily with morning mercies, deserve better from me than bitter resignation to my ugly failures. Each day, let us welcome His mercies. And dear friends, one of these mornings…one glorious morning indeed…one joy-filled final morning…we will discover our heartaches ended, our disappointing Him finished forever…one sweet morning we will awake and be like Him as never before. There’s no need of you and me quitting now, is there?