When Life Gets Old

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. -Hebrews 13:8

For Father’s Day, my sweet wife graced me with a brand new flashlight. I had dropped a couple of shameless hints to her that I needed one and she came through big. I was so happy about it I slept with it beside my bed that night.

We all get excited about new things, don’t we? Whether it’s a flashlight, a new car, a new pair of shoes, a new shirt, or maybe a new relationship, there’s just something about novelty that makes us giddy.

Of course, the only problem is that nothing stays new. At least nothing that originates in this world. The gloss and smell of new things – no matter how crisp and vivid at first – fades with the passage of time.

But thankfully there is one exception to this rule. The character of God. Each and every attribute of God is as fresh today as it was yesterday and it will be so tomorrow.

Since God is not subject to the deteriorating effects of time, none of His qualities ever lose their sheen or luster. His love, power, and faithfulness have a perpetual, never-ending novelty about them. When life gets old with all of its challenges and disappointments, the mercies of God keep showing up brand new every day.

This truth is what helped a guy by the name of Jeremiah get through a really hard time in his life. Jeremiah, known as the weeping prophet, literally wrote the book on Lamentation. He was a pro at an ancient form of prayer called “lament” whereby you tell God about your struggles with unvarnished truthfulness.

But like an oasis in the middle of a scorching desert, these lyrics pop up out of nowhere in the midst of Jeremiah’s lament. Listen to them:

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

Just in the nick of time, Jeremiah realized that even when life gets old, God never does. The things about Him that made it possible for us to have a relationship with Him in the first place are never in decline. Once received, the gospel has no expiration date.

Friend, when you fear that you may have taken God to His limits because of your lack of ________________, remember these words:

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
    his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness
.

Life sometimes gets old, stale, and maybe even a bit sour, but like fresh produce at the local Farmer’s Market, God’s attributes are new and fresh day after day after day.

It’s a new day with God. Run with it.

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