Each day will have its own troubles.
God’s mercies are new every morning.
John Piper said those two verses have been a core part of his daily faith for decades. He reminds himself of them both, daily. Why? Because as we’ve discussed, the storms will come. When they do, it helps to remember God told us the troubles would be coming.
Likewise, it is a blessing to know HIS mercies are coming each day. We need to remember that because it is so easy to forget in the madness of this frenetic world. You can be so busy, so perplexed, so hard pressed on every side … that … you forget HIS mercies are coming to you today. Look for them.
Beau Hughes got this devotional this morning after Manschool. See how it fits in with what we worked through today …
We lose the Story every day. It is continually being stolen from us by the Evil One – the ultimate deconstructionist. He twists and spins and pulls apart the Truth until the fragments we have left are unrecognizable, Or we lose it ourselves in the marketplace of Vanity Fair. Bombarded by thousands of messages each day, every one of them marked urgent, we leave behind the truly important things, the only refuge for our heart.
The reality that on every single morning brand-new mercies greet us is not the things that grip our minds as we frenetically prepare for our day. But it should. When the alarm goes off in the morning, don’t reach for your phone to see the emails waiting — instead — lay there and say, “FATHER. (breathe that word out) FATHER… What is it YOU have for me today? Show me Your mercies. Bless me. Grant me favor today. Show me who I can minister to today. Restore me and let me feel the favor of being YOUR beloved son.” Then get out of bed!
Step into today looking for God’s mercies and then, most importantly, don’t forget them. The mercies come but you’ve got to be open to receiving them. Helen Keller said this…
Every day, God tries to put things in our hands but they are clinched so tight, we can’t receive them.