Friday
Oct 29th, 2021
War: The Battle for Peace
By: Chapman Bean
2 minute read 

Lamentations 3:23 “Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.” (NLT)

If I can be completely candid, I had a rough week last week. I can’t precisely pinpoint exactly one thing that made it such a rough week, but I can sure point to a few things that happened to make it not so awesome. I dropped the ball on a couple of things, other people frustrated me, and I couldn’t fix everything. I’m the last person to ever want to admit that publicly, so you should feel pretty special! It’s easier for me to suppress my emotions than address what’s really going on in my heart and mind. When I get to my breaking point, which seems to happen more often than I would like to admit, I blow up. Are you with me here? If you’re being honest, you can probably say, “Me too,” in regards to at least something I’ve said thus far.

I can get into this rut of thinking that God gets tired of my constant shortcomings. It’s easy for me to believe the lie that God gets tired of me. I regularly need to read the promises made in Lamentations 3:21–23. I love these verses because they remind me that even in my moments of lamenting, God’s love is unfailing and His faithfulness is unceasing.

We’re accustomed to seeing the climax of a book or movie come at the very end, but that is not always the case. The book of Lamentations is written in chiastic structure, meaning that the emphasis of the book as a whole is in the middle. This verse being central to this book is no mistake. It teaches us that even in our darkest hour, the most important thing for us to focus on is God’s unfailing love and faithfulness. Because of who God is and the promises He’s made to us, we can always have Hope. He’s not tired of you. He loves you, and He likes you.

Speak life and hope into others as you go about your Friday and weekend. Pray and ask God for an opportunity to bring hope into a conversation or situation with someone this weekend. If there’s a next step you need to take towards healing and wholeness, reach out to your local campus Care Team for prayer, a counseling referral, or to speak to a pastor.

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