If you were asked to compile a list of things that are old, what would be on your list? Perhaps an old friend, an old book, or an old memory come to mind. On the flipside, what if your list needed to have things that are new upon it? A new job, a crisp new dollar bill, or a new baby? (Clearly, these are not in any order of importance!)
It is safe to say to that things that are old can be precious, and things that are new can be precious. A couple that has grown old together throughout the years is a wonder. A fresh new start can be exciting and adventurous. Both “old” and “new” in a variety of contexts can be appreciated for their uniqueness.
Lamentations 3:22-23 states, “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.” These verses struck me with the thought that God’s “new mercies” are evidence of His “old faithfulness.”
Each and every day God pours new mercies into my life. Sometimes those mercies look like a well-timed encouraging email or text from a friend or the unexpected kindness and generosity of a stranger; other times those mercies can be painful, like removing something from our lives that we are very certain we truly need. Years ago, I was in a situation where I found it hard to believe that God had taken something away from me. When I would share even small slices of the story with others, the overwhelming counsel that I received time and time again was that I had “dodged a bullet.” Dodging that bullet was not in my plans and was not something I considered mercy at the time. Rather, I felt like God was giving me the opposite of mercy. However (to use a hospital analogy) in the operating room sometimes the most merciful action a surgeon can take is to cut away the illness or disease, and so it was in my case. God’s mercies are purposeful even when they are painful.
God is good at being merciful to us. Sometimes his mercies come in unexpected packages; sometimes we want the same mercies from yesterday to be His mercies for today. Today, as you go throughout your day, try to look for those “new mercies” in your life. And then tomorrow, when you wake up, do the same thing. And the day after that, do the same thing. May we be encouraged that His ever-changing new mercies in our lives are ever present evidence of His old faithfulness.