August feels like a fresh start. I don’t know why, but the thought of brand new pencils and notebooks stirs something in me. I think it has something to do with possibilities. A blank slate for a new story.
And that reminds me of this:
“Because of the Lord’s faithful love we do not perish, for His mercies never end. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness!“ Lamentations 3:23-24
So to the one who feels like they have run out of fresh starts, this is for you.
Today is a new day. You have not used up all of God’s mercy for you. I know how many times you have started over, tried again, hoped that this time will be the time. And I know that there’s a good chance that this idea of new mercy is somewhat vague for you. Maybe it just means that God controls His anger toward you. Maybe reluctantly merciful is how you view it.
racham. That’s the root word of what we’re translating into “mercies”. Know what it means?
to love, love deeply, have mercy, be compassionate, have tender affection, have compassion. To behold in tenderest affection. (Strongs)
God’s mercy has nothing to do with anger and everything to do with love. For you. Every day. He knows how many times you have started over. Tried again. Hoped that this time would be the time. His mercies are still new for you today. His love and tender affections are for you again today.
So get up. Keep walking. Try again. Hope again.