God's constant love
"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 (NIV).
Early in the morning on the planet earth one constant scene is dew - water in form of droplets on exposed leaves or plants. Also, one is most likely to hear the chirping of birds as they rise to a new bright day. Meanwhile, the sun would be rising to shower light into the day.
But these are not the only constant. There is also the abundance of the Lord's love that greets everyone. The Lord's love never ceases for it has been carrying one through to that point. His mercies are obvious through His protection. And of course, while one might be oblivious of all, in the hurried bustle of life, the Lord is faithful and generous to His own.
Perhaps there are things you are not sure of as the day starts. It could be an expectation to hear from someone whose loyalty is in doubt. May be you are anticipating an offer though not certain it will materialize. But there is one fact you should be most assured of, just as the dew is, or the rising of the sun, and that is the steadfast love of the Lord!
May the assuredness of this love keep you going through the day. Just as it has led you this far so will it hold you today and all the days ahead.
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I rise thankful for your steadfast love that watches over me to carry me through the day, this I pray in Jesus's name.
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“Who dares despise the day of small things, since the seven eyes of the Lord that range throughout the earth will rejoice when they see the chosen capstone in the hand of Zerubbabel” ( Zechariah 4:10).
The public life of King David is well known. However, there is an early aspect of his life quite hidden though we can get glimpse of it. The first time we get to know David he is a stay home kid while his big brothers are on to bigger stuff, like fighting with King Saul. “Jesse’s three oldest sons had followed Saul to the war: The firstborn was Eliab; the second, Abinadab; and the third, Shammah. David was the youngest. The three oldest followed Saul, but David went back and forth from Saul to tend his father’s sheep at Bethlehem” ( I Samuel 27:13-14).
Left home alone perhaps it was a time for David to bond with the old man Jesse. Maybe he sometimes felt idle and ignored. But there was something maturing in his life for the life ahead. For in the meantime as he would later point to King Saul once an opportunity availed itself, God was ironing out his CV. When he offered to take on Goliath and Saul hesitated, he quickly shot back: “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine” (vv 35-37).
That’s the point. What had apparent been idle moments God was preparing David for the battles ahead? He would not only emerge out of the shadow as a great warrior but also a shepherd of his people ever relying on God.
Equally so, for all of us, there are moments that might appear idle and we feel frustrated as we see the days go by. Yet, in His gentle ways, God is preparing us for great days ahead.
Prayer today: Lord Father God, maker of heaven and earth, for those periods in life of apparent inactivity and maybe trials, help me appreciate them as the maturing me, for in due time and season all will bear fruit, this I pray in Jesus’ name!