God Brings New Mercies Every Day
Imagine lying in bed at night, wrapped up in your sheets, and replaying the day in your mind – all the things you wished you’d done or said differently. Or maybe your soul is downcast because of an overwhelming problem. You may even wish you could hit replay and start all over. Well, you can! With each new dawn, God’s love and mercies are there waiting for you to soak them in and start anew. Yesterday and its regrets are over, and His faithfulness and love are still burning strong with each new morning.
Prayer of the day:
Father, I am thankful and relieved that, because You love me so much, Your new mercies abound in my life every day.
God’s Grace is Sufficient
Every day, every moment, God reaches into your life with His hand of grace to help you through all that you face. It’s His way of saying, “Be assured. I know you are weak, but I am strong. Rest in My power and let My grace take over where your efforts end.”
There isn’t anything He can’t do or accomplish through you, so be glad and rejoice in knowing that wherever you lack, He is more than able!
Prayer of the day:
Father, I love You and trust You. I receive the covering of Your grace and the power of Christ in me today.
Oftentimes people say to me, “I love you.” I have been known to respond with, “I love you, too. But you are easy to love.” Some people are easy to love. What will we do about those who are difficult to love? Bringing the kingdom of God to this world involves loving not only those who are easy to love, but also (especially!) those we find difficult to love. Jesus said even sinners love those who love them.
In the kingdom of God, everyone is loved. But, what does this kingdom love really look like and what does it have to do with a lifestyle of prayer? If we are praying, “Give us our daily bread” then we are learning to trust God for all our needs. This type of trust frees us to give graciously and bountifully to others without thought for what we might miss out on. We are learning to give without any need of receiving something in return.
Luke 6:35 goes on to say, “But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High.” That’s just like God. He gave to me when I had nothing to give Him. He gives to me when I cannot repay Him. He blesses me when I can do nothing for Him.
When you give God everything, He will always give you back more. Will you give everything to Jesus? Will you participate in His kingdom, that kingdom which looks so different from the world? Will you trust Him to provide your daily bread? Will you be broken for the world? Learning to live a life of conversation with God will enable us to trust Him completely along the way. Like taking a walk with a person, as we walk close to God we can always lean over to God and ask, “Is everything going to be alright?” And we can trust that He will always answer, “I love you and I will take care of your needs.” What a joy to have such a relationship with the Creator; that we can share conversation with Him and trust His provision for us.