New Year, Same Great God

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

It is hard to believe we are already a week into a new year. Maybe by now the gym is beginning to look like normal as new year resolutions fade. Hopefully we are still sticking to that diet we started a week ago. And how is that daily Bible reading plan going? Many people love a new year and it means a fresh start. For many 2023 was a pretty tough year and as you look back on it you thank God you survived. You look at the turning of the calendar to a new year as a fresh new start, a new hope that comes with a new digit on the date. 

Why is it we put such an emphasis on a new year? It seems as though we have this sense that things can only look up when we start a new year. Until then, we just have to grind it out until next January. I would argue that this kind of thinking puts us at a disadvantage when it comes to God’s goodness and promises. I was reminded of the passage above by a good friend the other day and it got me thinking: God’s mercies are new every day, not every year. His love is steadfast and unending. His mercies have absolutely no end at all. God is not subject to a calendar and does not reset once a year. His love is consistently abundant and does not waver in that. 

My dad reminds me just about every time we talk of God’s mercies. I ask him how he is doing and he replies, “Well son, I woke up on the right side of the grass today and the Lord blessed me another day.” How often do we ignore God’s mercies that are abundant today by pondering the struggles or difficulties or failures of our past or current circumstances? God has given you mercy today and His steadfast love is just as great today as it was yesterday and will be just as great tomorrow no matter what the day, week, month or year may bring. 

I pray you do stick to that workout routine, diet, and Bible reading plan, or whatever you have committed to. But if you fail, remember God’s love for you will never fall short. He has proven that not only by Jesus dying a raising to life for you, but He has also given you today to experience His goodness and glory! Let’s not take that for granted.

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