More Than A Jolly Chemist

Lamentations 3:22-24
22The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end;  23 they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.  24 “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”

“Faithfulness” is a character trait of God.  The word the Hebrews used was emunah meaning “faithfulness, trustworthiness, steadiness, i.e., a state or condition of being dependable to a person or standard.”  This character trait is not only present in God, but His emunah is described by the prophet Jeremiah as “great.”  He’s not just faithful, He is greatly faithful.

I’ve been thinking lately about the connection between God’s faithfulness and our faith.  Even this Scripture listed above, what does it mean that His mercies are “new every morning?”  Does this mean that God changes?  Does it mean that He invents new ways to be merciful?  Does this mean that at night as we sleep God is concocting mercifulness in His heavenly laboratory like some grand jolly chemist?  I don’t think so.

In trying to understand what this text means, we can cross-reference what we know from Scripture about the character of God.  We know Scripture says in Hebrews 13:8 that Jesus Christ (the revelation of God) is “the same yesterday, today, and forever.”  We know that this makes sense when compared to the name God revealed to Moses in Exodus 3.  He told Moses to call Him “I am that I am.”  God always is, He always was, and He always will be.  He is the one who “was and is and is to come” (Rev. 1:8).

So if God is faithful, steady, an unchanging, how are His mercies “new every morning?”
And how does that relate to our faith?

First, our faith doesn’t affect God’s faithfulness.  It may affect our experience of it, but God
does not become less faithful in His character if or when you or I lack faith.  He is bigger than that.  Who God is can’t be altered by our action or inaction.  In fact, according to Paul if we are faithless, he remains faithful- for he cannot deny himself” (2 Tim
2:13).  God is faithful, you or I can’t change or affect His character.

But what we can affect is our experience of that character.  Jeremiah wasn’t saying that God invents new ways each day to be merciful.  He was saying, by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, that as we look to God in faith day by day more of His mercies are revealed in our lives.  We unlock knowledge of the Holy, we gain capacity in our minds and hearts to experience Him, as we trust Him and turn to Him in faith every day. God’s mercies aren’t new to Him every day, they’re new to us.  And our capacity to experience them is directly related to our faith.  What does verse 24 say?  “The LORD is my portion,” says my
soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”

Our willingness to step out in faith will directly determine our experience of God’s faithfulness in our lives.  No step, no experience.  He will still be faithful in His character
whether or not you choose to experience Him this day.  My encouragement: step out in faith.  Getting caught by His faithfulness when you make a leap is one of the great adventures in the life of every child of God.

About Pastor Andrew

Follower of Jesus, Husband to Carissa, Daddy to four daughters, Lead Pastor at LifePoint Church in Vancouver, WA.
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1 Response to More Than A Jolly Chemist

  1. Dena says:

    I’ve always understood “new every morning” to be proof that God is a living God. Everyday we are able to experience His mercies. His mercies are new every moring–it’s an invitation to come and discover what is new for us TODAY! Thanks for a great post, ABM!

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