Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

rotten day

If you would read the 3rd chapter of Lamentations you would read of a person who understands what it means to have a bad day — to have a few bad days in a row.

If the chapter stopped at verse 20 it would be a story with a rotten ending but it doesn’t end there.  Just when all looks hopeless and despair is about to win, Jeremiah remembers something.  He recalls something that changes everything.  Everything that truly mattered that is.  The change that took place was in him.

Lamentations 3:21-26(NASB)

21This I recall to my mind,
Therefore I have hope.
22 The LORD’S lovingkindnesses indeed never cease,
For His compassions never fail.
23 They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.
24 “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul,
“Therefore I have hope in Him.”
25 The LORD is good to those who wait for Him,
To the person who seeks Him.
26 It is good that he waits silently
For the salvation of the LORD.

What gives him renewed hope in the midst of  ‘the worst time in his life?’  He remembered that the Lord’s lovingkindness NEVER ceases – His compassions NEVER fail, they are new EVERY morning.  Never and every are two powerful words.  What a wonderful promise we are given.

As long as we continue to focus on our troubles, the more we will become convinced that we are alone and hopelessness will take over.  Gloom, despair and agony will be our companions.  BUT when we turn our focus onto the Lord we will rise above, instead of suffer underneath, our troubles.  Hope, peace, joy and love will instead be our companions.

No matter how difficult things may be God is still God, tomorrow is a new day filled with the Lord’s compassion and great is His faithfulness.  The day will present opportunities to discover and experience more of God’s mercy, grace and love.   It is almost impossible to recognize these when we are focused on just how rotten things are.   Jeremiah remembered that.  It made all the difference.

‘hope and wait quietly’ – We can have a quiet confidence in the midst of  terrible distress.   ‘Hope’ is not just wishful thinking but confident expectation that God is in control and your life is in His hands.

This I recall, therefore I have hope — God is in control.  His mercy and love are new every morning.   He is faithful and true.

til next time

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April 20, 2012 - Posted by | spiritual reflections | , , , , , , , , ,

3 Comments »

  1. God is still on the throne. God is still my loving Father. He still desires to bless me more than I want to be blessed. He still wants the very, very best for me. God cannot lie. God cannot change. God cannot break His Word. His promises cannot fail.

    I have NO RIGHT to be downcast. HE is in control and He cannot fail!

    What an amazing God!

    Comment by meetingintheclouds | April 23, 2012 | Reply

  2. God is good. Life can be hard but God is still good! When we are facing obstacles that would try to pull us down, it is very important what next step we take. Do we magnify the problem or magnify God? The Psalms are filled with this and that happening but then comes “but as for me….” I love that proclamation. “But as for me” I will serve the Lord, I will trust Him, I will hope…………

    I believe that it is a process we grow in. From glory to glory, from strength to strength, from faith to faith – each time we walk through something hard with God we are strengthened for the next step.

    Yes what an amazing God!

    Comment by Gloria | April 24, 2012 | Reply

  3. God is good.

    Comment by Pastor Curt | April 26, 2012 | Reply


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