November 4 “The past & the need for restitution”

Pocket watch the pastJust because we have been saved and forgiven by God for sins we committed in the past, doesn’t excuse us from making restitution to people we have hurt or wronged. Is there someone from your past to whom you need to make restitution? Is there someone whom you have hurt and never sought forgiveness?

 

Today’s Readings:
Lamentations 3, 4 & 5
Psalm 119.145-152
Proverbs 28.11
Philemon 1-25

 

Lamentations 3, 4 & 5:

Yet He will show compassion!

In the midst of Jeremiah’s grief over the fall of his nation he came back to this in chapter 3.21-33:

21 This I recall to my mind,
Therefore I have hope.
22 Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed,
Because His compassions fail not.
23 They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.
24 “ The LORD is my portion,” says my soul,
“Therefore I hope in Him!”
25 The LORD is good to those who wait for Him,
To the soul who seeks Him.
26 It is good that one should hope and wait quietly
For the salvation of the LORD.

27 It is good for a man to bear
The yoke in his youth.
28 Let him sit alone and keep silent,
Because God has laid it on him;
29 Let him put his mouth in the dust—
There may yet be hope.
30 Let him give his cheek to the one who strikes him,
And be full of reproach.
31 For the Lord will not cast off forever.
32 Though He causes grief,
Yet He will show compassion
According to the multitude of His mercies.
33 For He does not afflict willingly,
Nor grieve the children of men.

His compassions fail not. Great is His faithfulness. The LORD is good to those who wait for Him. Though He causes grief, yet He will show compassion!

Is there an area of grief or heartache in your life? If so, spend some time meditating on this passage. Continue reading