Evidently, when Jerusalem was going up in smoke, Jeremiah had the specs to see that even then, God’s mercies were new and that his faithfulness was great!
Lamentations 3:22–23 (ESV)
22The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end;
23they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
As the smoke ascended, so did his thoughts, past the gray vapor as it dissipated into the Middle Eastern sky, and all the way to the providential hand of a sovereign God who loves his people enough to keep his word of both warning and promise.
Difficulties can make us myopic. We can only see the struggles, the pain, the embarrassment, the disappointment. But eyes that see the big picture, through the haze of trial - all the way to the throne of grace - see that not only does every cloud have a silver lining, the whole billow might as well be made of silver itself.
It takes a hard squint to do it, but there are mercies in every trial. The mercies of justification provide a hue that will “sanctify to thee thy deepest distress” if you can see past trouble. The mercies of sanctification can make a bed of nails into a pillow if you can learn the joy of contentment. The mercies of glorification can transform an unbearable immediate future into a vale of deep darkness that, although bleak with challenge, will also serve as the pathway to a crown.
We’ve experienced this before. The martyrs of the church have demonstrated it. Jesus has promised it.
So, what do you see? Are you more aware of your afflictions, your sins, and your limitations? Or are you more aware of the mercies of God? If you have eyes to see, these mercies are new every morning! Served to you by a loving sovereign, as if you woke up to a lavish breakfast in bed, with the God of all glory gently sitting at your side, serving you with the best he has to offer.
He is faithful to do it. Do you have the eyes to see it? God will give you the sight if you will look past the afflictions to him.
The sea of God's mercies should swallow up all our particular afflictions.~Martin Luther