The Lord is never far from us in our struggles. Therefore there is always hope in turning to God!
Published October 19th, 2017
Main point summary
God is always steadfast in his love and mercies; Great is his faithfulness. Therefore, there is always hope in turning to God!
But this I call to mind,
and k therefore I have hope:
l The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; 1
l his mercies never come to an end;
they are new m every morning;
n great is your faithfulness.
o “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
k “ therefore I will hope in him. ”
' great is your faithfulness ' ! see: Romans 8 (esp. 31-39) "For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you." ( Isaiah 54:10 ESV) Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation. God, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer’s; he makes me tread on my high places.... (Habakkuk 3:17-19 ESV)
Questions: What is the steadfast love of the Lord? (a) In the ESV 'steadfast love' is used approximately 200 times ( Various search engines give varying results for ESV ). It seems that the word 'steadfast' is mostly used with 'love' (i.e. 'steadfast love'; especially in the OT). (b) Examples: Genesis 24:12, Exodus 15:3, Psalm 25, Psalm 32, Psalm 136 (b) 'steadfast love' is a promise to his children: "For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you , and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you." (Isaiah 54:10 ESV) Why does the writer mention that...(?) - The Lord's steadfast love never ceases...God's love is consistent ... - His mercies never come to an end...God's mercies are eternal ... - ' They ' are new every morning... If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9 ESV) I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and you forgave the iniquity of my sin.... (Psalms 32:5 ESV) For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. ( John 1:16 ESV) Observation: The Lord is never far from us in our struggles. Therefore there is always hope in turning to God!