New Compassions – January 29, 2014 (Wednesday)

Today’s Verses:

Lamentations 3:22-24

Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion;
therefore I will wait for him.”

Today’s Questions:

Think of a day or a season in your life when you thought you might be consumed by pain, hurt, stress, anger, or something else?

What promises in God’s Word can or do you claim in the times you feel like you might be consumed?

What do you think it means to wait on the Lord?

Today’s Prayer:

Oh, Father, thank you for loving me. Thank you for your mercy and compassion. I would be utterly lost without you. Some days feel so long, the bad news unending, and the clouds ever-covering. I am so thankful that every morning your compassion and mercy are new and I never have to wonder if the tank is low or whether you will run out and I will be left on my own. Father, so often I get ahead of myself, ahead of where I know you have placed me. Help me to wait for your faithful provision and serve you full-on where I am.

Go A Little Deeper:

Read Jude 1:17-21 for words about how to wait.

Daily December Devotional — Day 12

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Today’s Verses:

Jeremiah 23:5-6

“The days are coming,” declares the LORD,
“when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch,
a King who will reign wisely
and do what is just and right in the land.

In his days Judah will be saved
and Israel will live in safety.
This is the name by which he will be called:
The LORD Our Righteous Savior.”

Today’s Questions:

What must it have been like for Joseph and Mary, who had spent their lives hearing these words of Jeremiah recited over and over from the time they were small children, to learn that they were going to have a son, conceived by the Holy Spirit, who would save his people from their sins?

What do you think the Israelites believed their promised king would save them from?

In a typical day, do you give more thought to your need to be saved from your external circumstances or your need to be saved from the darkness, lust, greed, judgment, or self-centeredness in your own heart?

Today’s Prayer:

Lord God, thank you for your righteousness. Thank you that you came to save me and make me clean. Thank you that you came down low, and were then raised up as King. What amazing love you have for me that you would intervene in this way! Help me to remember that what you seek to transform is my heart. My circumstances will come and go, but the person you are making me through my circumstances will live with you forever. Please don’t stop conforming me into the image of Christ.