At a time of national calamity, the Old Testament Prophet Jeremiah writes in Lamentations 3:22-23, “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.” To help understand the beauty and application of what Jeremiah said you need to understand the setting. The nation of Judah and the city of Jerusalem had been destroyed in war. The temple had been torn down and the city lay in ruins and almost all of the people had been carried away to become slaves in Babylon. It was a very bleak day and instead of claiming that God had let down His people and given up on them, Jeremiah chose to focus on God’s mercies and how each day they are new and fresh.
How often do we attempt to live on yesterday’s leftovers of God’s mercy and faithfulness? Each day is a new day with fresh opportunity to draw from the depths of God’s faithfulness and goodness.
The Israelites, during their forty year journey through the wilderness, ate daily from the manna that God provided for them. Each day they had to gather fresh manna and when they tried to take a shortcut and gather enough for two days it spoiled, except on the Sabbath just as God had directed.
May we hunger each day for a fresh filling of God’s grace and mercies. We don’t have to live on the leftovers of yesterday’s blessings and experiences, each day is a new day and requires fresh manna for our spiritual health and vitality.