Encouraging Words in a Weary Land
"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
Former heavy-weight boxer James (Quick) Tillis is a cowboy from Oklahoma who fought out of Chicago in the early 1980's. He still remembers his first day in the Windy City after his arrival from Tulsa. "I got off the bus with two cardboard suitcases under my arms in downtown Chicago and stopped in front of the Sears Tower. I put my suitcases down, and I looked up at the Tower and I said to myself, 'I'm going to conquer Chicago.' "When I looked down, the suitcases were gone."
It seems as though he had the rug pulled out from under him, but we can all relate to discouragement. Jeremiah's task was not easy. Most of his message consisted of bad news and it often fell on deaf ears. It wasn't hard to get discouraged. Yet even in trying times, he cried out in praise to God for the blessings God gave him that could not be taken away. What were these blessings and how can we apply them?
1. No matter what, verse 22 teaches that God's love never ceases. Maybe you've made a mess of things, or fallen on your face. Look up, child of God. He loves you and will never stop loving you.
2. God supplies us with fresh displays of His mercy. Let's not forget this; we need to look around and observe. God's mercies are everywhere.
3. God is our portion. James Tillis lost his suitcases, stolen right out from under him. But if we lost it all, God would still be our portion. That's something to hang your hat on!
He Restoreth My Soul
When I'm low in spirit I cry Lord lift me up, I want to go higher with Thee
But the Lord knows I can't live on the mountain, so He picked out a trial for me
He leads me beside still waters, somewhere in the valley below
He draws me aside to be tested and tried, but in the valley He restoreth my soul
Posted on Mon, October 17, 2011