Lamentations 3:19–27 ‘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.’(vv22–23)

We easily grow discouraged because of the ways we stumble and fall along our Christian path. Fortunately, God knows we consistently falter and we can take comfort knowing He never tests us beyond our limit. However, it can feel we’re out of control momentarily and beyond God’s embrace (1 Cor. 10:13). It’s hard to accept the nature of true love, which can only ever work in our best interest (1 Cor. 13:7). Life soon teaches us of our need to protect ourselves from the words and actions of others, so it’s wonderfully refreshing to discover that God never condemns us (Psa. 34:22). God is pure compassion and always empathises with our sorrow. His Spirit will identify specific issues that, once addressed, deepen our understanding and enjoyment of God’s love.

What’s more, every day offers us a fresh start. We only need to live for today, for God is present and is encountered in each moment. Therefore, there’s no benefit in being anxious about tomorrow. When you experience a sense of failure, and its accompanying frustration, don’t fret but turn to God, however distressed you feel, and simply ask Him to help you in your despondency. 

Discipleship is built methodically by taking the steps we can to deepen our faithfulness, whilst always knowing God understands and celebrates with us each step we seek to take. A disciple is the product of faith, prayer and deliberate action, sustained by the grace, mercy and love of God.

SCRIPTURE TO CONSIDER: Isa. 43:25–28; 50:4–11; John 3:16–21; Rom. 8:1–17.

AN ACTION TO TAKE: Is forgiveness a challenge for you?

A PRAYER TO MAKE: ‘Lord, may I learn to live in each moment and accept Your help in strengthening my life as Your disciple. Amen.’

By Pok Rie in Music

Micha Jazz is Director of Resources at Waverley Abbey, UK.