Daily Devotional, May 3rd
Those who have suffered severe loss often lament that their day of tragedy seemed like a normal day for everyone else. On the day they were fired, learned of their cancer, discovered their spouse was unfaithful, or held a child as she died, on that very day other people went about their business as usual. My divorce is final! My beloved is gone! they silently scream. How can you go to work, eat out, and catch a movie as if nothing has changed? Don't you care?
Worse, their disastrous day seemed normal for God as well. The sun shone, clouds rolled by, night fell, stars appeared. Doesn't God care either?
The book of Lamentations captured Jeremiah's anguished cry as he considered the suffering of his people. Life was bad. Jerusalem had been destroyed and its citizens carried off to Babylon. Those left behind had resorted to cannibalism, mothers eating their own children to survive (2:20). Jeremiah laments that his suffering "is bitter beyond words," but he grasps a glimmer of hope when he remembers that "the faithful love of the Lord never ends" and "His mercies begin afresh each morning" (3:19-23).
Actually, the Lord's mercies don't merely begin each morning, they are each morning. Psalm 104 praises God for faithfully tending His diverse creation. The routine events of nature, are all directed by God's powerful hand. "When You give them Your breath, life is created, and You renew the face of the earth" (v.30).
The clockwork consistency of nature on your worst day is a reminder that God cares. Take it as a sign that God loves you. He's not debilitated by His grief for you, but is preserving your life until the morning when His mercies will begin afresh. , Mike Wittmer, Our Daily Journey
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