COVERED IN ABUNDANCE

One of the things I often do to keep up with the busy-ness of life is I try to meal prep over the weekend by making a variety of dishes in large batches so that I can have enough meals to last me until the next weekend. Every weekday, Monday through Friday, I head to the fridge at dinner time and pick out something to eat, heat it up, and dinner is served. I guess you could say that Monday through Friday is “leftover food day” in my house. Whatever does not get eaten one day, will be back on the menu for the next day. Three weeks ago during my prayer time I found myself saying to God, “Lord I thank you that you are not serving me leftovers today. Your word promises me that the mercies you are giving me today are new, they are fresh.” As I uttered those words my eyes filled with tears as I thought about how generous God is.

Centuries ago, God showed Jeremiah the destruction of Jerusalem and of the original temple, and then He instructed the prophet to record the events he saw. Jeremiah obeyed God and through the penmanship of his servant, Baruch, he wrote what we now call, the book of Lamentations. Chapter 3 of Lamentations starts out describing tragedy and defeat happening to the people. Then, about a third way into the chapter, Jeremiah records something that is true about God to this very day

 22 The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. 23 Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.   Lam.3:22-23

Just like He had then, God has a fresh flow of mercies every day for you. Even when I am still in this challenging situation that has gone on for weeks now? Yes, every day His mercies are new. God never gives us mercies leftover from yesterday. He never has and He never will. There is a never ending abundance of His mercies covering you daily.

The word, “mercy”, is defined by some theologians as God’s compassion, goodness, and kindness that flow out of His love towards one who has caused an offensive. Every day God supplies you and me fresh compassion and fresh goodness. Here’s the kicker, we never have and never will earn it; it is given for free despite us being the offenders. God overlooks all our offenses and gifts us His mercies. How is that even possible? It is called the love of God. Do you know why it is important for you to know about this abundance of mercies that cover you? It is important because it allows you to understand that God is not giving up on you. He starts afresh every 24 hours by extending His goodness and compassion to you simply because He is madly in love with you and wants to win you over.

Every single day God desires that you would accept His gift of mercy.  What do you mean? In the book of Romans, Paul explains that the reason we are not consumed in our sins is because God extends His goodness and kindness – His mercy – to us with one main hope; that it would lead us to turn from our sin and to Him.

4 Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean  nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?   Rom.2:4

What sin is keeping you from accepting God’s kindness? Is it disobedience, or littleness of faith? God knows that when you turn from sin you will want to come to Him (it is that same nudge that drew you to Him the day you denounced sin and accepted Him as your Savior), accept His mercies, and allow Him to help you; which is what He has always wanted to do.

 16 So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.   Heb.4:16

Therefore, every day, with the desire to win you over, God gives you access to His fresh abundance of mercy. Like Boaz was towards Ruth, God will not rest until He – your Kinsman & Keeper – “settles the matter” concerning you.

If you and I have this God, this Kinsman, who is so eager and willing to give us an abundance of fresh mercies every day, why are we settling for our self-made leftovers that will run out?  If you have not done it yet today, I urge you, drop what you are doing, head straight into God’s throne room of grace and accept the abundance of mercies He has for you today.

4 thoughts on “COVERED IN ABUNDANCE”

  1. Wow! God, remind me that your mercies are new/ fresh every morning. Thankyou for this reminder Reubar.

  2. When we truly realize how blessed we are, how much God shields us in a day, from dangers seen and unseen. Our prayers will be more of thanksgiving, gratefulness and gratitude.

    Continue to allow God to use you Ruth. This is a gift!

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