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New Mercies

“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.” – Lamentations 3:22-23, NIV

The end of the year and the beginning of the next one often inspire people to contemplate their lives. What have you done in the past year that you’ve regretted?

Did you speak out of turn in a situation where you should have remained silent? Did you abandon a family member or friend in their time of need? Did you lean deeper into a habitual sin?

In the book of Ezra, the Israelite nation returns to Judah after seventy years in captivity. They were taken from their homeland and forced to live in Babylon by King Nebuchadnezzar. The seven decades of imprisonment was God’s way of getting the attention of His wayward children.

Sometimes, God lets us walk through darkness so that He can redeem us from some sin in our lives. Maybe your husband discovered your unfaithfulness and asked for a trial separation. Maybe your retail therapy is costing you thousands of dollars in debt.

Rest assured that though these days might be difficult, God is still using them for your good. His plan is to redeem you from your sin and restore you to a right relationship with Himself.  God’s compassion and His faithfulness will never fail you.

Prayer:

Lord, I confess—I haven’t honored You with my words and deeds this past year. I acknowledge this sin and confess it before You. Please redeem my story and restore me in Your timing. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

January 8 Devotional

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