New Mercies, Part 2
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.”
As you review your village (your family, friends), you might identify enormous needs that you know you cannot meet. Trust this promise from your Father. You do not need to be consumed by these needs, but instead, pray and patiently watch as He sends “treasures of encouragement” to you as a means of equipping you to “revive village life” in those you love.
One of the ways the Lord sent blessings to me every morning was through His Word. I started my day with reading the Bible, expecting Him to give me a verse that reminded me that He “had my back.” Often the devotional accompanying the Scripture spoke directly to a specific need in my heart that no one else knew about. But God did. He answered my plea, “Search my heart, Oh Lord. See if there is any wicked way in me.” The “wicked way” in me during that hard time was to show me how I was not trusting in Him. I appeared surrendered to Him, but my spiritual hands were clenched.
What equips me to offer life-giving encouragement to others?
Recognizing my ongoing need for the Lord’s mercy and new compassion every day.
We can be so busy “being right” that we miss His merciful righteousness in our own lives, let alone the opportunity to offer it to others. His compassions toward me are new every morning. Take time to spend time with Him and watch for the new blessings He promises to send every day.
Many people abuse God’s Word. They religiously read the Bible every morning, pray for their families, but their lives don’t reflect humility or a genuine understanding of the mercy He has extended. Their words drip with condemnation rather than grace. One of the greatest “mercies” He sends to us is opening our eyes to our own sin, of His imperative of repentance, and to our own need for Him.
STORE UP MORE TREASURES
At some point in our lives, we or someone we know will go through great suffering. I encourage you to go the the MARKINC website and listen to the audio resource titled “War and the Family” so that you can store up treasures of encouragement for the next rainy day in your life or someone else's. Here is a summary and teaser of this resource:
This 2-part resource is designed to help families prepare for, and deal with the challenges of separation during war-time deployment. In Part 1 one, the Betters interview a husband and wife whose marriage was severely tested by stress of the husband’s deployment. In Part 2, war-time a 20 year career officer, his wife and their teenage daughter share their thoughts and feeling on how war-time deployment affected the family.
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