Break-Fast

This I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning. (Lamentations 3:21-23 ESV)

Because the morning meal is designed to “break the fast” from the night before, it is important to begin each day with whatever “break-fast” will strengthen our bodies for the day ahead. But in addition to what you put into your stomach to fuel your body, you need to be putting God’s Word into your soul to fuel your spirit.

In our verse for today we see our faithful God offering us a full cup of “fresh-brewed mercy” every morning. The glorious, gracious truth for us to absorb is that, regardless of how things went the day before – from storms to sin, God sets new mercies before us each and every day. His grace and mercy are as certain as the sun rising every day, even on those days when we cannot see the sun because clouds are covering it.

Jeremiah, who was inspired by the Spirit of God to write Lamentations, also gave us Jeremiah 32:17, which exults, “Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.” You see, God is bigger than any battle we are facing, greater than any giant that is taunting us, and mightier than any mess we might find ourselves mired in.

Perhaps you are thinking, “Tommy, I know in my head that what you’re saying here abut the power of God is true, but in my heart I am feeling awfully weak.” Believe me, I understand! I have days like that myself. And when I am in a space like that, I remember today’s verse: “This I call to mind, and therefore I have hope.” God’s power, which is available to each one of us moment by moment, is made perfect in our weakness. When God said, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9), He meant what He said! And that is why you and I need to break the fast each new morning with the Word of God. It is through that daily intake of His promises that we are strengthened by His grace and power and have true, biblical hope — a confident expectation that our gracious God will show us His grace, power, and love each and every day..

Remember, whether the day before was just a bit burdensome or marked by bitter brokenness, today is a new day and God has new mercies waiting for you in His Word. Experience has taught me that when we break the fast each day with time in God’s Word, we are restored, renewed, recharged, and repurposed to receive whatever the day has to offer.

This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!

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