The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3: 22, 23
It is doubtful whether God can bless a man greatly until He has hurt him deeply. ~ A. W. Tozer
My daughter’s kitten died last Sunday. An accident that no one caused but the kitten herself took her life. Our hearts were broken and still the tears threaten to flow.
Two days ago we found out that our landlord is trying to sell the house we’re renting and push us out before our lease is up. We moved here less than two months ago and, overwhelmed, I suppose, by the sheer amount of work he needed to do to make it livable for us, most of which he still hasn’t done, he wants to opt out. He has that right. We also have rights, rights that, so far, he’s trying to ignore–concerning the repairs and trying to force us to move.
It’s been a difficult week, on top of difficult months, heading backwards into many difficult years.
Sometimes it seems that our family’s trials just never end. I look at our glass and, in some ways, it’s far more than half-empty.
Then I look at the Lord and I see how truly blessed we are.
God is still merciful even when our hearts are broken. When we are overwhelmed, broken and confused, when we hurt, His mercy is still never ending.
His mercy is new every single morning of every single day we live.
We’re blessed by our trials, through our trials and even though we have trials. Nothing has happened to us these last many years–not extreme poverty, not health problems, not endless moves, not difficult people, not my husband’s struggles, not the difficulties some of my older children have faced and not the death of our pets, that hasn’t first been sifted through the hand of the Lord. Nothing. God is good always and in all ways, no matter what.
Even when kittens die, the Lord is good.
Even when others are difficult or trample what we think of as our rights, the Lord is good.
Even when there is nothing at all left in our glass, the Lord is good. In fact, He’s very good, indeed.
God is good simply because He is who He is.
He IS. And He’ll always be. He’s The Great I AM–no matter what, no matter who, no matter any trial, no matter how severe a trial, no matter anything. Because He IS, He will always, in all ways, no matter what, be enough for those who love Him. For those whom the Lord Himself has saved.
Praise Him, for He is good, no matter what.