Steven A. Bush - January 14, 2024

Never Ceasing Love & Never Ending Mercies

Never Ceasing Love & Never Ending Mercies

Lamentations 3:19-26 is from a man of God crying out in the midst of pain: "Remember my affliction and my wanderings, the wormwood and the gall! My soul continually remembers it and is bowed down within me. But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in Him.” The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD." (ESV) Known as the weeping prophet, Jeremiah suffered terribly. Despite declaring the very words of God, he was hated by all--kings, prophets, countrymen, and even his family. Jeremiah was an an ordained outcast. His messages were rejected. He was poor and deprived. He was imprisoned, even cast into a cistern of mud! Later exiled to Egypt, Jewish tradition says he was stoned to death there. Thankfully God sees success in different terms than we do. Jeremiah was devoted and faithful, bold and courageous, obedient to his God for 40 tough years. But even as this messenger from God suffered, the One & Only Son of God suffered as well. On a bloody cross, Christ Jesus died for our sins. Ours! Defeated? Not according to His empty tomb! And His stunning success is trumpeted and celebrated every time another soul is saved...

Scripture References: Lamentations 3:19-26, Isaiah 45:5-7, Romans 8:35-39, James 4:13-15, Proverbs 16:1, Proverbs 16:3, Proverbs 16:9, Proverbs 16:33, Romans 8:31-32

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