“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.”Lamentations 3:22-24, ESV
Okay—I don’t know if you have ever read the ENTIRE book of Lamentations (I don’t know why “entire” is in all caps because it really is just five chapters so I encourage you to take the time to read it, it is fascinating) but it is a depressing and sad book with the exception of these verses and a few others. I mean straight up— this book is about the poetic destruction of Jerusalem and it does not sugar coat it. But my soul will forever hope in Him. Encouraging right?
Before I carry on—this is not a statement of the context of verses, even though I very well could make that case and be done in about a few short sentences.
BUT—I felt led to read the entire chapter of Lamentations 3 and the entire chapter of Psalms 91. Two chapters explicitly about the faithfulness and protection of God in two quite different circumstances. Which seemed appropriate since I have recently chosen my word for this year that came quite quickly.
God with us.
God’s ever present theme in my life recently apparently is fellowship with Him. Learning to drop my baggage at His feet and do ministry WITH Him. Of course, my pride loves to act up and say “no” to that.
But what better way to focus on these steps better than with Immanuel, the Son of the King. My Friend.
I listened to a podcast recently from Transformation Church, the series was Grace Like a Flood. When I was listening to this about ten minutes into it I already felt like I was in a hot seat. The pastor said something to the likes of—we use our own goodness to measure the goodness of God.
I use my best self to measure the best character of God. And my best self is most definitely a guy who covers his mouth when he needs to burp. I mean—come ON.
It is true though! We can only measure goodness by our own standards because that is just the way our minds work in quick succession.
But rather—the steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, His goodness never ends, and He is always with us through His Spirit.
Immanuel. That is my word for this year. Learning to live life with Him in all ways, not just in ministry but in every day life, every moment. Learning to practice so that His goodness overflows.