As I consider my life, the days that are full to the brim with trials, the journey that seems to be leading me through valleys, deserts, and mountains to high for me to climb, I often thank God for the mercies that are new each morning. In fact, if you are in earshot of me you might very well hear me say, “God gives us mercies new every morning becasue He knows I use them all up before noon.”. When we’re going through a trial we can know with our heads or even our hearts that His mercy is there, but we doubt if we “fee” His mercy present in our lives. I understand.
Today’s devotion from my mother is a reminder that God’s mercies are as tangible to us as the food we eat, the money we need to pay bills, or the victory we need in our lives. It’s not something that is illusive nor is it something we store up for a rainy day. It’s something we are given each and every day, in perfect measurement for the day at hand.
His mercies are never lacking. They are perfect not only to sustain us, but to give us life abundantly!
I invite you to get our your Bible and join me today as I go to His Word and ponder His mercies!
Until our next chat,
Mrs. Joseph Wood
Lamentations 3: 22-24, “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. The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.”
This has been a verse that has been on my heart for several days. As I was considering the truth of His mercies, this new concept of his mercies was revealed in a way that I had never thought of. So I share my heart with you today concerning God’s Mercies for His people.
Please read Exodus 16 on the provision of manna to the people as they wandered in the desert. This is the passage I will be referring to as I lay out my gleaning of God’s Mercies.
As manna was provided to the Children in the Wilderness, the symbolism of their wandering is compared to our own journey on this earth. We have been promised a “promise land” through the resurrection work of the cross as we receive his promise of eternal life with God the Father in heaven.
Manna was given each day, fresh on the dew and each person was to gather enough for their self and their family. They could not put it in a storehouse and they could not hide it away for later. Each day it was available to them and each day it was either used or it turned to worms. We are given God’s mercies each and every morning; we are free to use it as needed and there is always enough for our journey that day, but we cannot carry it over, or store it aside for a time when we think we might need it more. God’s mercies are new every morning, just as the manna was new every morning. Often, we get caught up in life and think we didn’t get enough of what we needed to accomplish our day; just like the children in the wilderness tried to gather enough, only to find it was turned to worms the very next day. God’s strength and His power will restore and equip us for the new day, just as the manna was there to restore and equip the children for the new day.
The LORD provided the manna and the quail for the children of Israel so that they would know He was their LORD and God! Just as His mercies are provided to teach, guide and strengthen us in our relationship with God, so that we know He is our LORD and God!
The LORD provided the manna 5 days a week enough to supply them through the day, but on the 6th day, he provided them enough for that day and the Sabbath day. This was the only time that the manna did not turn to worm; the people would gather on the 6th day and by the 7th day the manna was still good. In comparison with His mercies, we receive God’s mercies every morning, because we have Christ who came to fulfill the law; Christ is the Sabbath “the rest” of God; He is sufficient for us; so the difference is each morning His mercies are new, where in the Exodus, the manna reflected the law of God and had His people rested on the 7th day, but they were provided for nonetheless.
And finally, “And the children of Israel did eat manna forty years, until they came to a land inhabited; they did eat manna, until they came unto the borders of the land of Canaan”; As we receive His mercies each morning, we will continue to do so until we reach our promised land too. Then, we will abide with Him and new treasures will be ours, just as new foods and treasures were available to the Children of Israel as they crossed the borders of the land of Canaan.
With all of these analogies shared, I’d like to remind you that God shows us throughout the Word that each story told; each life recounted is for the purpose of making His attributes and His purpose known to us. Just as we can see the crimson strand of Christ from Genesis to Revelation; so are His accounts of Mercy and Grace. Even now in John 5:30-35, Christ reminds them of the purpose of manna as the foreshadowing of Christ, “They said therefore unto him, what sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? What dost thou work? Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat. Then Jesus said unto them, verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world. Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread. And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.”
Prayer: LORD, we will sing of your mercies forever; we will make known your faithfulness to all generations! The LORD is gracious and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy. The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works. All thy works shall praise thee, O LORD; and thy saints shall bless thee. Thank you for all of your illustrations of your love toward us. We praise you for your attributes and your holiness. LORD, thank you that your mercies are new every morning. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.