Wednesday, October 26, 2016

New Every Morning.

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.” Lamentations 3:22-24

I was so impressed with this Verse today. I’ve read this Verse over and over. Memorized this Verse. Knew this Verse.

But this morning something happened that made it alive once again.

Isn’t God’s Word great like that?!! You can read it over and over and over again and it is STILL powerful. In fact, in my experiences His Word becomes even more powerful the more I read it. It’s alive!! So it grows in me. It molds me. And the more I read it, the more I am molded. Good stuff doesn’t even begin to describe it.

Here’s the thing: I went to bed last night already defeated about today. Pre-defeated. Ever been there? There were some things I was struggling with, and as I was falling asleep, it's almost as if I was planning to fail. Not making a plan per say, like step one, step two, step three. But just already knowing. Already sighing in disappointment in myself.

So I slept. And I would love to tell you I prayed all night about my struggle, that I wrestled with this thing and overcame. But if I told you I even prayed about it once I would be a dirty liar.

Not. Even. Once.

So I woke up my same old self. I had done nothing. But….something was different. Something was ALIVE inside me. It was fighting FOR me. The Holy Spirit had evidently moved in me and done the impossible overnight. Psalm 16:7 speaks to this: “I will praise the Lord, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me.”

The KJV says “my reins also instruct me in the night seasons.”, and the Holy Spirit is “my reins”. The word means “inner parts” and that is where the Holy Spirit lives after all. I didn’t remember that verse—only could remember a whisper of it—I had to look it up. But I suppose that is exactly what happened.

Either way, the struggle was no longer there. It was as if I had fallen asleep in deep summer and woke on Christmas morning. Seriously. I felt like God had given me a giant present I hadn’t even asked for.

And what do you know—He DID give me a giant present I hadn’t even asked for!! It was already unwrapped and put together and working! And I laughed and laughed and laughed.

What else could I do?

Who is this magnificent God?! Who is this amazing Deliverer?! He is the One Who can do exceedingly and abundantly beyond anything that you or I can see or think or imagine!! See Ephesians 3:20-21 if you need a reminder.

I don’t know if it will come back. But today, when I needed the victory, it was there. And He tells me not to worry about tomorrow, after all. Today, in the freedom, I gave it to Him. If He was able to do it today, He is able to do it forever.

I am so stunned that this mess of mine like a huge pile of dirty dishes stacked every which way has suddenly all been scrubbed and put away that I am speechless. Only the laughter comes. What words can describe this anyway?

And yet, here I am trying to tell you! That’s why I shared this Verse in Lamentations. His compassions are new every morning. His love, His compassions, His faithfulness—it all begins fresh each morning. It never has a chance to get worn out or tired or used up.

There’s never a “running low”. I love that. I know, for myself, I am generous when I have a brand new something. Take dryer sheets. When I have a new box of dryer sheets, everybody gets their very own dryer sheet!! Small load? Fluff load? Doesn’t matter—I have a whole box! Oh, but let that box get down to four or five and I am stingy, stingy, stingy. Smaller load? Hmmmm, better rip one in half. Fluff load? You’re out of luck, buddy.

Am I the only one?!!

It's just human nature, right? We go on our supply level. But God is no human. And His supply levels never run out and they never run low. Whew. Cause I am finding that I do, indeed, need them each and every morning. And what a great, great Father, that He already knew I would. And He already made a plan for it. And He gave us a promise about it so we wouldn’t have to ever worry about it.

Think about that promise today, that promise given up there in Lamentations. Let it get deep inside you. Really sink into your spirit. Cause it’s the promise of a Good Father. He means it.

And I don’t pretend to know how it will reveal itself to you tomorrow. Today was a complete and utter surprise to me! But that’s the thing about a Good Father—He loves to give you incredible surprises.

Have a surprisingly amazing day!