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Friday, June 14, 2019

Refueling Myself

In review of Lamentations 3:22-24 it reminds me that “The LORD’s kindness never fails! If he had not been merciful, we would have been destroyed. The LORD can always be trusted to show mercy each morning. Deep in my heart I say, ‘The LORD is all I need; I can depend on him!” (CEV).

Today’s passage from Lamentations 3 reminds me that the faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. I can say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!”

Regardless of the sin and sorrow that may surround me, "The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease." God will willingly respond with help when I ask. No matter what sin I've committed, he promises his forgiveness. Therefore, trusting in God's faithfulness day by day makes me more confident in his great promises for the future.  

Emotional exhaustion isn’t new. It’s also not something foreign to the Bible. The book of Lamentations provides plenty of examples.

When Jeremiah wrote the book, Jerusalem had been captured. The Israelites were in exile. Everything Jeremiah held sacred had been destroyed. He was emotionally exhausted, and for an entire book of the Bible, Jeremiah releases his frustrations and expresses his emotions to God. In the midst of these complaints, he refocuses on God. He writes, “Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this” (Lamentations 3:21 NLT).

What brought Jeremiah hope during this very difficult time? He answers immediately: “The Lord’s kindness never fails! If he had not been merciful, we would have been destroyed. The Lord can always be trusted to show mercy each morning. Deep in my heart I say, ‘The Lord is all I need; I can depend on him!’” (Lamentations 3:22-24 CEV).

Jeremiah refocuses on five truths about God that helped to refuel him in the midst of his exhaustion.

He remembers:

. God’s Steadfast love
. God’s Unfailing mercy
. God’s Great faithfulness
. That God is Always kind
. That God is my Real hope

When life overwhelms me, I shouldn’t focus on my problems or give in to despair. Instead focus my attention on God himself. If I do these things it can help refuel me.

If I build my life around those character traits of God, then I’ll be ready for whatever setback comes my way.

In summary, the faithful love of the Lord never ends. He is faithful and His mercies are new each day! God will willingly respond with help when I ask. He promises his forgiveness. In my emotionally exhausted state, I can release my frustrations and emotions to God. Then place my focus on Him with these five truths: God's steadfast love, unfailing mercy, faithfulness, kindness and hope. So when life overwhelms me, I shouldn't focus on my problems or give into despair. Instead focus my attention on God himself.

In the midst of frustration and exhaustion I can come to the Lord. He will help when I ask. He will show his faithful love and mercies. I just need to change the focus from myself to Him. Today Father I pray for the Holy Spirit to help remind me of these truths and that I can get over my stubbornness and self centered focus. I ask Father for your wisdom and guidance for my day, for my leadership and my interactions with others. These things I pray in your Son Jesus name, amen.

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