His mercies fail not…

I learned this morning that a dear friend’s mother passed away. I immediately felt thankful to know she is at peace and her suffering in now forever behind her because long ago she was saved by God’s rich and free grace and has been kept by His power throughout her life. My heart aches for my sweet friend though who is no stranger to grief and loss as she is a widow of only a few years and now has to part with her dear mother. How precious life is and the gifts of relationships and how difficult to suffer the loss…

So often I face, as we all do, a cold and hateful world. We hear of wars and violence, of heartache and heartbreak. Even those of us who have good lives, richly blessed lives, we suffer. Yet, when we believe in and rest in the truth of God’s grace, we have a shelter, a home that cannot be taken away. How do others make it who do not know the Lord? I often think of the scripture in Lamentations 3:22-23 that I found once when I was overwhelmed with burdens, “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because HIs compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.” This scripture brings us back to the one and only constant, unchanging truth on which we can forever depend and find strength. His faithfulness is great. His mercies fail not. We fail, those we love fail, yet God never fails, never waivers, and never changes. How great is that comfort…

When I hear of someone passing away, I always think of eternity. I think of what matters most then; what truly matters most always. Regardless of whether or not I know of the person’s state of belief and salvation, I know what scripture says about the Lord and it is good. 2 Peter 3:9, “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” I can trust that God has beckoned to the soul of every person with His faithful will to save and to bless. There is comfort in knowing that.

Another scripture that I love to think on is Isaiah 55:7, “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and He will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.” We have all been wicked, all unrighteous in our thoughts, yet the God of all grace calls us to come to HIm in repentance and He will abundantly pardon. Oh how gracious is the Lord. For that I thank Him continually because without His mercies I would have no hope, none would, but because of them and the promise that His mercies fail not, I can have hope and peace.

May we draw ever close to our heavenly Father through His precious son Jesus and offer comfort and encouragement to others this day and always.

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