12 Apr New Mercies
MY DAUGHTER LOVES the sound of gift-wrapping. Her face lights up at a new gift and the frenzy of tearing through the wrappings fill me with excitement. But soon enough, give or take two or three days, the toy becomes old and boring. She’s already on the lookout for another one. I’ve often wondered why the excitement of the new wears thin so quickly.
The mystery of the new is that it fills us with the excitement of the unknown, freshness and the element of surprise. We get bored with the old and want the new. A new car, house, child, job, holiday, friend and the list is endless. God also loves newness. That’s why He created 24-hours. No matter what excitement we enjoy in a day, we get to start all over again the next day. No matter the challenge we face, it only lasts for 24 hours. We have another day to overcome it. If you fail today, you can start again afresh tomorrow.
Consider how precious newness is to God. In the wilderness, God gave the children of Israel Manna daily. He strictly instructed them not to keep any excess for the next day except prior to the Sabbath. The idea was for them to trust God for a daily provision. The idea was also for them to taste freshness every morning. When some people tried to keep extra back on regular days, they found rotten Manna with maggots in it. See Exo 16:10-20
And here’s a wonderful promise from God:
“It is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.” Lamentation 3:22-23
Even when we’re facing very difficult and challenging situations, it’s never going to be one long gruelling journey. We get a chance to rest, be refreshed, renewed and start again with a new sense of hope that this too shall pass because God promises new mercies and grace each day.
Each day, we look forward to a new day, a new month and a new year. Tomorrow spells new beginnings.
God has a 24-hour rule. The sun must rise every morning.
When you open your eyes and see the sun, then you have another go at life.
God’s mercies and grace are new every morning. We can face each day with renewed hope. We don’t have to be limited by yesterday’s failures and shortcomings. We can start all over again, as long as we have the breath of life.